Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in awhile. In this particular instance, Mr. Penn Jillette truly stumbled upon the mother of all acorns. Listen to what he has to say:
I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a Heaven and Hell, and people could be going to Hell, or not getting eternal life, or whatever, and you think that, well, it’s not really worth telling ‘em this because it would make it socially awkward. How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize?
How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that a truck was going to hit you and you didn’t believe it – if that truck was bearing down on you, there’s a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.”
The Constitution was written for a people who had a high view of the Bible and the Judeo-Christian principles that lie therein. They wanted to preserve their freedom to practice and preach without obstruction, and even freely proselytize if they so chose.
How swiftly things have changed. Public prayer, rights of conscience, and Christian expressions of faith and morality have been ruled a federal offense. The Word of Truth is being driven underground, and our nation has grown increasingly more restless and divided as a result.
Is this the plan of those in command? To disarm the average citizen, strip that citizen of his right to free speech, and brainwash his children with progressive propaganda. Must the faithful preacher be vilified as political dissidents are intimidated to the point of silence? Is this what we’ve become?
Ron Paul astutely notes how the Great Wall of ideology that so divides church and state in our day has been fictitiously applied (and coming down on the freedom-loving faithful) when he declares:
“The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance.”
We are standing upon a spiritual foundation that compels us to strive to live in truth and love. How shall we live if we lose the freedom to do so?
“The more liberal religious people who go ‘There are many paths to truth you just go on and maybe you’ll find your way’… is the way you talk to a child. And I bristle at that, so I do very well with proselytizing hardcore fundamentalists and in a very deep level I respect them and at a very deep level i think I share a big part of their heart.” – Penn Jillette
I take it back! Maybe Mr. Jillette is not so blind after all.
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