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Vermont Constitution Article 3rd.  [Freedom of religion; right and duty* of religious worship]

     That all men have a natural and unalienable right, to worship Almighty God, according to the dictates of their own consciences and understandings, as in their opinion shall be regulated by the word of God; and that no man ought to, or of right can be compelled to attend any religious worship, or erect or support any place of worship, or maintain any minister, contrary to the dictates of his conscience, nor can any man be justly deprived or abridged of any civil right as a citizen, on account of his religious sentiments, or peculiar mode of religious worship; and that no authority can, or ought to be vested in, or assumed by any power whatever, that shall in any case interfere with, or in any manner control the rights of conscience, in the free exercise of religious worship. Nevertheless, every sect or denomination of Christians ought to observe the Sabbath or Lordís day, and keep up some sort of religious worship, which to them shall seem most agreeable to the revealed will of God.
 

Annotations (critical commentary): An act to support the gospel, passed Oct.26, 1797, is violative of this article. The framers of the bill of rights, by this article, indisputably meant to convey the idea, that man necessarily possesses natural knowledge, or simple reason, which they have designated by the name of conscience. This they declare is inalienable, clearly conveying the idea, that one man cannot convey to another man his individual right of worshipping God according to the dictates of his conscience, any more than he can convey to him his right of breathing; for it is impossible in the nature of things, that one can be profited intellectually, by conveyance to him of another personís right of thinking; and if these premises are correct, it certainly follows, that the rights of conscience cannot be deputed; that religion is a concern personally and exclusively operative between the individual and his God, and that whoever attempts to control this sacred right, in any possible way, does it by usurpation* and not by right. (emphasis added)
 

*duty- moral or legal obligation -Blackís Law Dictionary, 6th Edition

*usurpation-"The unlawful encroachment or assumption of the use of property, power or authority which belongs to another. An interruption or the disturbing a man in his right and possession. The unlawful seizure or assumption of sovereign power. The assumption of government or supreme power by force or illegally, in derogation to the constitution and the rights of the lawful ruler." -Blackís Law Dictionary, 6th Edition

"The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God." -President John F. Kennedy (1961)

If there is no God, your rights cannot come from anywhere else except from the "generosity of the State". The State, then, becomes the new god. And what ever the State "giveth," the State can "taketh awayeth". ...Thus Communism teaches that citizens exist for Government's benefit; whereas America's founders believed that Government existed for the citizens' benefit. Without God, government transitions from being the policeman protecting your property to a police state owning your property. Without God, government transitions from being your servant to your master.

Vermont was the first State to abolish slavery! Do the words "Freedom" and "Unity" on the State flag have validity today?

"Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants" -Benjamin Franklin

 

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