Satan on the city council, thanks to the Constitution

I think Christian Americans have fooled themselves into thinking that the Constitution is a document that protects the inherent values of Christianity, the values that birthed the idea of man’s sovereign freedom, without noticing that the Constitution itself pays no heed to God, and for all intents an purposes is a graven idol of a new god — “We the People.”

A most interesting and thought provoking read–especially for you constitution worshipers. — jtl, 419

by Smokey Briggs

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewA priest of The Satanic Temple of Austin was supposed to give the invocation to start today’s Austin City Council meeting.

From recent reports I gather that said Satanic priest pulled out at the last moment. That seems a shame, since judging from Austin’s seeming hatred of individual liberty, the city council and Lucifer must be bosom buddies.

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Austin is not alone. Satanic priests demanding equal time at government shindigs is a trend, and a natural result of the democratic socialism America has adopted.

The roots of this trend extend to the adoption of the United States Constitution — a document that ditched Christ in favor of Secular Humanism.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteFor the record, Secular humanists hold that ethics is consequential, to be judged by results. This is in contrast to so-called command ethics, in which right and wrong are defined in advance and attributed to divine authority. “No god will save us,” declared Humanist Manifesto II (1973), “we must save ourselves.”

I know, the Constitution is sacred, and no where in it does it mention “secular humanism.”

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This is correct, “secular humanism” is not mentioned specifically in the Constitution.

And, neither is God. This is a key observation.

In all the preceding documents crafted and adopted by the “founding fathers,” God was invoked. The rights claimed, and foundation of the documents, flowed from the natural rights believed to be granted to all men by their Creator.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1) Not so, the Constitution. Read it.

It does not invoke God.

Instead it creates a new god, called “We the People,” from which rights supposedly flow.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2)  Think about that statement for a moment. Compare it to the statement from the Humanist Manifesto II that I quote above — “No god will save us, we must save ourselves.”

Compare Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence with the Preamble of the Constitution:

The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3) Here is the Declaration:

“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual  We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

On the other hand, here is the Constitution:  “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

See the difference? The Declaration invokes God. The Constitution creates a new god, and certainly ignores the God Jefferson invoked.

Is this a semantic difference that does not really matter in the greater scheme of things?

I do not think so.

I think the writers of the Constitution ditched the Christian God on purpose. I think they ditched Him because the natural law of God was a roadblock to the things they really wanted to accomplish by replacing the Articles of Confederation with the Constitution.

I am beginning to fear that those of us who have demanded a return to “Constitutional” values and law, have missed the point.

The Constitution may well be performing exactly as it was intended to perform.

Remember, the Federalists who supported the adoption of the Constitution WANTED an all powerful central state.

The purpose of the Constitution was to create a strong central state.

It is performing magnificently viewed in this light.

The Anti-Federalists who opposed the Constitution warned that once a stronger central state was created, it would never cease to grow, overpowering the States and eventually every institution the people built to corral a central government.

Looking around today, it seems the Anti-Federalist were correct.

Which leads me to think the authors of the Constitution left God out on purpose.

Natural Law, God’s Law, declares each man free — answering only to God.

But individual freedom and a strong central government are exact opposites. You cannot have both. A strong central government must and will take more and more freedom from the individual. It cannot exist otherwise. God’s law created a huge impediment to a powerful central government.

God’s law and a powerful central state are naturally opposed.

Notice that the Constitution cares not if officials open meetings with an invocation to God or to Satan.

Why should the god We the People care — if it holds itself above both?

I think Christian Americans have fooled themselves into thinking that the Constitution is a document that protects the inherent values of Christianity, the values that birthed the idea of man’s sovereign freedom, without noticing that the Constitution itself pays no heed to God, and for all intents an purposes is a graven idol of a new god — “We the People.”

Smokey Briggs is owner, editor and publisher of the Monahans News. He can be reached at

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