A.J. Castellitto
April 15, 2015
The new no religious test clause (aka: true Christians need not apply)
By A.J. Castellitto

May we look at our past, see our present, and predict the future to see how it stands. Let me lay it out.....

"No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." – Article VI

Though we consider the religious forms and ideas of our fathers no longer adequate, the quest for the good life is still the central task for mankind. Man is at last becoming aware that he alone is responsible for the realization of the world of his dreams, that he has within himself the power for its achievement. He must set intelligence and will to the task. – Humanist Manifesto I

Traditional religions are surely not the only obstacles to human progress. Other ideologies also impede human advance. Some forms of political doctrine, for instance, function religiously, reflecting the worst features of orthodoxy and authoritarianism, especially when they sacrifice individuals on the altar of Utopian promises. Purely economic and political viewpoints, whether capitalist or communist, often function as religious and ideological dogma. – Humanist Manifesto II

Thus engaged in the flow of life, we aspire – with – informed conviction that humanity has the ability to progress toward its highest ideals. The responsibility for our lives and the kind of world in which we live is ours and ours alone. – Humanist Manifesto III


The new Acid Test for Public Service and social acceptance seems to read something like the following:

Dear Christian Candidate,

Do you believe that God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and all that lies therein?

Do you believe that Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son that has come down and sacrificed himself to restore fallen humanity? Do you believe the miraculous account of His birth, death, resurrection and ascension to be historically accurate and applicable/essential to the restoration of God's creation?

Do you believe that humanity is wholly misguided and corruptible in its natural state and susceptible to all forms of manipulation, extortion, self-absorption and self-destruction and left unchecked will readily sacrifice the good of the masses for its own temporal gain, glory and preservation?

Do you reject the
theory [that the sum of human existence in all its complexity, rationality, uniformity, diversity, spirituality, connectedness, consciousness and innate conscientiousness has ultimately come to be in a manner that defies all logical probability (despite carefully presented proposals that infer ironclad validity and empirical certainty and omits essential, observable natural realities) to establish a suspension of belief that expands the explanatory limits of unguided, unassisted naturalism to achieve highly advanced outcomes bordering on miraculous] most commonly know as evolution?

Do you believe that
those (who act in a manner that defies the special design, natural order, complimentary standard and emotional stability of the greater community and are willing to place their own needs and desires above the health and unity of society in both the natural and spiritual realms of human existence) are to be respected and loved as equal members and beneficiaries of God's creative purpose who nonetheless act (to their own detriment) on propensities that threaten their own perfect design? Do you believe that they should be sensitively guarded and protected (instead of encouraged) from proceeding thus, but rather seek to fulfill a higher and more blessed state of being?

Do you believe that all ethics and morality (in both the active and passive sense) are wholly derived from the Ten Commands of God (
Thou shalt not lie, steal, etc.) that are encompassed in the essential command to love God with all thy heart and your neighbor as yourself, and that although we are unable to keep these commands perfectly (even in our redemptive state) we are to evoke God and support each other in living properly, honorably, righteously, ethically, lawfully and truly before God and man?

If you have answered 'YES' to any of these questions, we find you wholly objectionable to serve as a public representative in the year 2015 and you will be aggressively slandered and viciously maligned. Now prepare to take your rightful place deep underground.

*This verdict comes courtesy of the secular elite and humanist religious authority

Despite the drastic and concentrated attack on all things Christian in contemporary American society Our Retort is Twofold:

1. Stop Forcing Your Immorality On Us:
http://www.westernjournalism.com/stop-forcing-immorality/

2. If There Is No God, There Are No Rights: http://www.westernjournalism.com/god-rights/

"It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue." – John Adams

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt." – Samuel Adams

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." – Ben Franklin

"Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing, however slightly so it may appear to you." – Thomas Jefferson

"The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments." – Benjamin Rush

"While just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government its surest support." – George Washington

"Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet." – Robert Winthrop

"Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other. The divine law, as discovered by reason and the moral sense, forms an essential part of both." – James Wilson

"Indeed, the right of a society or government to [participate] in matters of religion will hardly be contested by any persons who believe that piety, religion, and morality are intimately connected with the well being of the state and indispensable to the administrations of civil justice. The promulgation of the great doctrines of religion – the being, and attributes, and providence of one Almighty God; the responsibility to Him for all our actions, founded upon moral accountability; a future state of rewards and punishments; the cultivation of all the personal, social, and benevolent virtues – these never can be a matter of indifference in any well-ordered community. It is, indeed, difficult to conceive how any civilized society can well exist without them." – Joseph Story

"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future." – JFK


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A.J. Castellitto

A.J. Castellitto is a freelance writer who resides in NJ with his wife and five children. He holds a B.S. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton and his writings have been published at The Center for Western Journalism, The Christian Post, Intellectual Conservative and Reformed Perspective Magazine.

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