Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ignorance: Bliss or Danger?

Hello, I just finished another composition for my English class and would love comments! It was supposed to be a concise paper...but I don't think it really turned out that way. Enjoy and hope to see some comments! =)

Ignorance: Bliss or Danger?


Pulled out of context or completely ignored in favor of passing new laws, such things as “separation of church and state,” gun control laws, and “free choice” suffer misuse. Amendment One of the Constitution “guarantees” that congress cannot make a law regarding the forming of a new religion or exercise of a religion; however, sadly children suffer punishment of one form or another if they dare to pray in school. As stated in amendment two of the Constitution, American citizens possess the right to “keep and bear arms,” yet people in some states may not so much as own a gun let alone carry one with them for protection. Many people willingly kill thousands of babies and even disabled adults, often for the sake of convenience; despite the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” laid out in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. These examples only give a glimpse of some of the ways in which government has taken away rights or allowed people to throw away rights without a second thought.

Though the amendment on free religion stands first in the Bill of Rights, very few people know much about it and fewer people care what it says. Despite our freedom to practice any religion, teachers may not teach about God, Creation, or any other part of Christian religion but they may freely teach evolution, cults, socialism, and other false things as right and true. As a result we have to deal with youths who have incorrect thinking as well as a nation that has turned its back on God. Bringing the Christian faith that founded our nation, back into school and teaching godly morals, would soon bring a tremendous change to our nation.

Despite the second amendment, gun banning laws have skyrocketed robbing people of their rights and sometimes even their lives. Many tragic stories have crossed news headlines regarding innocent citizens who lost their lives because, due to laws, they did not have guns to protect themselves.  People think that if they ban weapons, crime rates will decrease but in reality, the people who commit crimes find ways to get guns and then go to places that have banned firearms to do their dirty work; thus states that have banned weapons have higher crime rates. If we return to abiding by the amendment, people could protect themselves and decrease crime.

Every adult, every child, every embryo possesses life and thus qualifies for the “right to life” mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. People used to see life as a blessing but in January of 1973 abortion became legal in the United States and since then millions upon millions have lost their lives often because of selfishness. Even adults, such as mentally disabled Terri Schiavo, have suffered death because the very few people truly value life. God has given each of us a life for a specific reason and we must value His gift to us and to other people.

Our Founding Fathers lived during a time in which people valued high morals much more than we do now and thus the Constitution, Declaration, and other key documents have a strong moral background. Returning to the principles laid down to us in these documents would bring great changes in our nation cutting back on crime, rebellious adolescents, and abortion. We cannot, however, possibly know all our rights unless we read them. We put our selves in danger of ignorance when we fail to take responsibility for our freedoms. People can take a step in the right direction and familiarize themselves with our founding documents to preserve their rights.


praising him said...

Great post, Rissie!!
I do think that it is so sad that our founding fathers have worked so hard to gain the freedom that we have and now we are slowly losing it! :(
Yes, I agree with you. Banning guns is not the solution to the crime rate!! I mean, c'mon, they are already breaking the law. Do they think that if they put another law out that it will help any?? I sometimes think people can be crazy... ;)
I am reading about the American History of the government. It was saying that there were many disputes as to how they should deal with government. Paul wrote and said that all government has been placed in authority by God and if we are disopbeying them we are disopbeying God. However, we are to obey God first so if the government is doing something against God's Word than we need to take action. Ok, I hope that made sense in the way I wanted it to! I also really hope that lots of people are visiting your blog! We need to wake up and smell the coffee (or danger rather) instead of thinking that we are in the happy world. :|
Love you dear!
~Sarah Bear

me again!! ;) said...

Sorry, I forgot to say that it was the early church that was disputing!! I guess people really can't read minds through the computer!! ;)
Sarah B.

Scribe said...

So true, Marissa!
Our country has vastly lost (and is continuing to lose)that Godly heritage it was founded upon. The masses in America nowadays are ignorant of what this country was built upon. They have turned their back on God and his ordinances and precepts.
Like Sarah pointed out, ludicrous ideas like gun bans are definitely not the solution to the crime rate. What is going on?! Do they think the bad guy with the gun (who already doesn't care if he's breaking the law by shooting another person) is going to respect and honor laws like that? Ridiculous!
On top of all that we have laws allowing 'free choice' (a.k.a. MURDER). People no longer respect life (whether it concerns small babies in the womb, or mentally impaired adults), and America will have a heavy account to give on the Day of Judgment.
Well, this 'comment' is turning into a post, so I guess I'll quit ranting. :) Thanks for the great post! Keep 'em comin'!


Ashley said...

Amen Marissa! If only more people really cared enough to educate themselves as you and too few others have done. With the way the American people have allowed the government to seize control of almost everything, we are under a false delusion when we think that this country is really free. Just try doing anything without first obtaining a license of some sort. The majority of people in America are overcome with pacifism, and it has thus far, proven extremely detrimental to the status of our 'freedom'. The problem is that no one is familiar with the documents that inform us about the extent of our freedom, and in effect, we are ill-equipped to do anything about it.
Bravo girlie... I greatly enjoyed your post!

Mountain Momma said...

Very good post Marissa! Our nation has become so complacent. We think we are so far removed by the struggles and tyranny our founding fathers faced that it doesnt seem realistic to be faced with it again. If we are not careful thats exactly where we will end up. "If you dont know your rights, you dont have any!", Because I know your family is like ours and collects quotes. Here are a couple good ones.

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
Frederick Douglass 1817-1895

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.
Frederick Douglass 1817-1895

The tree of Liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

Thomas Jefferson 1743 - 1826