October 24, 2010

Separation of Church&State = 'Preamble of Freedom of Religion Act'~Thomas Jefferson for State of Virginia prior to U.S Constitution's First Amendment Creation

The separation of Church and State is not meant to protect us against Religious Governmental input, Symbols of History or Faith.  Here is the beginning of the Preamble of the Freedom of Religion Act made by Thomas Jefferson for the State of Virginia prior to the U.S Constitutions First Amendment Creation and is held as the foundation of our First Amendment:
  The act for the establishment of Religious Freedom is perhaps the most interesting feature in the revised code of Virginia. With the exception of the Declaration of Independence, it is the most celebrated of the author's productions, and the one to which he recurred with the highest pride and satisfaction. The preamble which ushers in the act designates with peculiar emphasis the premises upon which the proposition was founded. The following is the preamble with the accompanying bill as originally composed by Jefferson:


    "SECTION I. Well aware that the opinions and belief of men depend not on their own will, but follow involuntarily the evidence proposed to their minds; that Almighty God hath created the mind free, and manifested his supreme will that free it shall remain by making it altogether insusceptible of restraint; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments, or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, who being lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do, but to exalt it by its influence on reason alone; that the impious presumption of legislators and rulers, civil as well as ecclesiastical, who, being themselves but fallible and uninspired men, have assumed dominion over the faith of others, setting up their own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible, and as such endeavoring to impose them on others, hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world and through all time: That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical; that even the forcing him to support this or that teacher of his own religious persuasion, is depriving him of the comfortable liberty of giving his contributions to the particular pastor whose morals he would make his pattern, and whose powers he feels most persuasive to righteousness;..."
              "Fourthly. That in article 1st, section 9, between clauses 3 and 4, be inserted these clauses, to wit: The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext, infringed." 
              Our Constitution as adopted:   Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
              The Founding Fathers used the Treasury Building in the Early days as a Church until one could be constructed.  Was that establishing religion?  No, it was the free exercise thereof.  A Judge who hangs the Ten Commandments or a picture of Socrates and the wall an establishing religion?  No, it is the freedom of his speech.
              Does Mike Huckabee believe in the First Amendment?  Yes , as originally written and defined/  He has stated many times, Mike believes in the law as fundamentally enacted, to include the Creation of our Constitution.

            FairTax Friday | FactCheck.org: 30+ "misleading" FairTax attack ads!

            Weekly Feature

            The good news is that the FairTax has been a feature story nationwide
            this month. More than any time in our history, TV hosts, commentators,
            bloggers, talk shows and the press are talking about the FairTax
            legislation and inviting us to weigh in. More Americans than ever are
            contacting their local volunteer leaders, our website traffic has
            increased between 20% - 100% in all the cities and states where
            FairTax is an issue in congressional races and over 62,000 people
            belong to our Facebook page. But as you guessed, this sudden attention
            to the legislation that would turn the economy around and keep more
            money in your pocket - is fueled by lies.


            FactCheck.org calls the attack ads "misrepresenting by
            omission," PolitiFact.com has given them only a
            "half-true" rating and in newspapers across the nation,
            articles are pointing out the deceptive nature of the attack ads.
            They've covered the state in Arkansas, Colorado and Kentucky and
            have run in fifteen other Congressional races. And more are coming.




            What we're doing: This week we placed a newspaper ad across the
            nation that has reached millions of Americans and are continuing to
            run internet ads. Our spokesmen have been in daily contact with
            broadcast media, print media and on talk radio with the truth about
            the transformative power of the FairTax. Letters have been sent to the
            Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National
            Republican Congressional Committee urging that the attack ads come
            down immediately and both parties embrace the FairTax.


            In short, we're doing everything we can to take advantage of
            this media opportunity and need your help.

            What we need you to do: Please forward these emails to friends and
            especially people in the states above. Join us on Facebook, write a
            letter to your local paper about the truth, contact your Congressman
            and get in touch with your local volunteer leaders. Search for FairTax
            news stories and comment on any distortions. Find the YouTube channels
            and Facebook pages of the candidates running the ads to comment
            wherever you think best. You can even contact their supporters if you
            want them to know their candidate is attacking the ability to keep
            their paychecks and lives free from the IRS. You can also share this
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            info@fairtax.org with "Intel" in the subject line with the
            station information.



            You and I know that the non-partisan, economic principles of FairTax
            are its strength and we thank you for standing with us.

            Special Feature: Grassroots Spotlight

            Mississippi State Director Alan Ramsay reports about his experience at
            a local grassroots event:

            "There were about 100 in attendance and the featured speaker was
            Senator Roger Wicker, R-MS. A very knowledgeable FairTax supporter
            gave a quick review of the benefits of FairTax and then asked the
            Senator where he stood on the issue. Senator Wicker paused and then
            turned to the audience and asked how many of them supported the Fair
            Tax proposal. To his obvious surprise, over 75% of them raised their
            hands. The Senator then explained calmly that he had concerns over a
            Fair Tax system... He indicated he would continue to look at the Fair
            Tax proposal to determine its merits."

            Thanks to Alan's work, and that of thousands of unnamed
            volunteers, the FairTax is set to play a pivotal role in our
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            Do you know someone who is your FairTax inspiration? Nominate them to
            be in the spotlight by sending an email to info@fairtax.org with
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            FairTax in the News

            Fair Tax = Unfair Attacks - Wall Street Journal Political Diary

            ...In at least 16 House districts and three Senate races, Democrats
            have run ads blasting Republicans for offering kind words about the
            "Fair Tax" -- a proposal to replace the federal income tax with a 23%
            sales tax.

            Democrats have jumped at the opportunity to paint Republicans as
            tax-happy. Jack Conway, the Democratic candidate for Senate in
            Kentucky, accused Republican Rand Paul in last night's debate of
            wanting to raise the price of groceries and drugs by 23%... Similar
            ads are pummeling Ken Buck, the GOP candidate for Senate in Colorado.
            His lead over Democratic Senator Michael Bennet has shrunk to two

            FactCheck.org, a watchdog group for political advertising, says the
            ads are often misleading because they neglect to point out that the
            federal income tax would be abolished as part of the Fair Tax
            proposal. "Democrats are accusing Republicans of supporting a 23%
            sales tax on everything, which would be on top of all existing
            taxes... It's misrepresenting by omission of the FairTax idea,"
            FactCheck.org director Brooks Jackson told The Hill newspaper.

            Dem ads against GOP not accurate on crux of FairTax proposal -

            Democratic lawmakers struggling to find support from a skeptical
            electorate are using a Republican tactic to win votes by claiming
            their opponents will raise taxes if elected into office...

            WPGH Fox 53 in Pennsylvania suspended a 30-second advertisement by the
            DCCC about the Fair Tax that was running in the state's 12th
            congressional district. The ad did not mention that the Fair Tax would
            replace the income tax. Democrats argued at the time that the ad was
            pulled because of the conservative politics of the company that owns

            The FairTax replaces income and payroll taxes with a national sales
            tax that would likely be collected at the state level. It also
            provides a rebate for incomes that are below the poverty line.

            Jack Conway's next attack on Rand Paul: Sales tax - Washington

            ...The spot, one of several that the Conway camp is considering airing
            for the final stretch, shows video of Paul saying: "I would always
            favor a sales tax over an income tax."

            The question about the sales tax, or so-called "Fair Tax," has
            surfaced as a major issue in the race in recent days. In the wake of
            the video revelations, a former Paul campaign aide put out a statement
            saying Paul would vote for the Fair Tax as Senator. But the campaign
            has since distanced him from the claim, insisting that Paul is merely
            in favor of looking at all options in the quest for tax reform.


            Understanding the FairTax Webinar

            Special Topic: Product prices under the FairTax

            When: Thursday,
            October 28, 2010

            Time: 8 p.m.
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            Where: At your
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            Why: To provide
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            misunderstood or
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            Did You Know?

            Scholarly research tells us:

            - Real wages are 10.3 percent, 9.5 percent, and 9.2 percent higher in
            years 1, 10, and 25, respectively than would otherwise be the
            case. [3]

            - Disposable personal income is higher than if the current tax system
            remains in place: 1.7 percent in year 1, 8.7 percent in year 5,
            and 11.8 percent in year 10. [4]

            - The economy as measured by GDP is 2.4 percent higher in the first
            year and 11.3 percent higher by the 10th year than it would otherwise
            be. [4]

            - Over time, the FairTax benefits all income groups. Of 42
            household types (classified by income, marital status, age), all have
            lower average remaining lifetime tax rates under the FairTax than
            they would experience under the current tax system. [5]

            - Implementing the FairTax at a 23 percent rate gives the poorest
            members of the generation born in 1990 a 13.5 percent improvement in
            economic well-being; their middle class and rich contemporaries
            experience a 5 percent and 2 percent improvement,
            respectively. [6]

            - Based on standard measures of tax burden, the FairTax is more
            progressive than the individual income tax, payroll tax, and the
            corporate income tax. [7]

            - Charitable giving increases by $2.1 billion (about 1 percent) in
            the first year over what it would be if the current system remained
            in place, by 2.4 percent in year 10, and by 5 percent in year
            20. [8]

            - The FairTax provides the equivalent of a supercharged mortgage
            interest deduction, reducing the true cost of buying a home by 19
            percent. [10]

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