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Tyranny of the
Inside the circular dome of
the Jefferson Memorial are engraved the words, "I pledge
myself before Almighty God to battle everything that is
tyranny over the human mind." Actually those are not the
exact words. I tried this morning to remember them but could
not but it is the thought. That I will always
Tyranny over the mind has
always been and still is the greatest treat to liberty.
There are those in the world so convinced they have the
truth about life, God and how people should live they do not
and will not hesitate to force others into their way of
thinking and believing.
It begins with
indoctrination and ends in persecution and death. There are
some countries of the world where the fundamentalist
conservative religious rulers actually employ helicopters to
search the rooftops of the homes of its people looking for
satellite dishes. They will not allow their people the right
to have access to the ideas of world broadcast from space.
How ironic that in their quest to refuse the people the
right to modern technology they use modern
This is not new. In our
century we have seen the rise and fall of empires and
nations that refused its people the right to freedom of
expression and thought. The largest nation in the world
today still will not allow its people freedom.
Unfortunately even in
America there are church organizations that apply enormous
pressure on its people to maintain doctrinal purity.
Freedom is the hallmark of
God's government. God has created us with the right to
think. He even allows us the right to argue with Him. He
delights in the exercise of minds created in His image. He
is not afraid of truth and the path to understanding. It is
those who ignorantly think they have the all the answers who
are afraid to allow others to think. Others just might prove
the know-it-alls weren't so smart, clever and informed as
they thought they were. And we couldn't have that!
Roger Bothwell and my address is firstname.lastname@example.org
or 151 Old Farm Rd. Leominster, MA 01453. Thank you for your
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