(Now, a quick disclaimer on this piece. This is a salute to those founding fathers of our nation who stood up to a tyrannical power, and gained our independence. I wrote it in a time of great passion, which has become more positive and reasonable in the time since. However, it is still worthy of a read, just do so remembering it was written in a time of "Deistic Revolutionary Passion".... I focus much more now on what is right about Deism and not what is wrong with other religions...)
The Declaration of Deist Interdependence
July 4th, 2003
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for an individual to dissolve the religious bonds which have strangled their understanding of God and his creation, and to assume the responsibility for the exploration of the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men have an equal chance at understanding God, and are endowed by the Creator with the ability to Reason through the concepts of life, liberty, and the pursuit of Truth. That to nurture and guide this ability, the United Deist Congregation is instituted among men, deriving its moral authority through the debate and consent of its members, and that whenever any religious institution attempts to dictate the nature and intentions of God, it is the right of all spiritual people to abolish it, or to break ties with it. The UDC is instituted to counter the destructive power of revealed religion, and its foundations are laid upon the rock of Reason, so as to protect the right of humanity to explore the nature of God without the interference of scripture. Prudence has dictated that such a change has not been made for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that Deists have, in the past, chosen to suffer isolation and internalization of the religious impulse rather than challenge the evils and inadequacies of Revealed Religion, while such evils were sufferable. But when a long train of horrors, atrocities, and evils, pursuing invariably the same Object envinces a design to reduce the human spirit under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such revealed superstition, and to provide a new home for the spiritual impulse of humanity. – Such has been the Patient sufferance of People of Reason; and such is now the necessity which calls them to band together in a new form of Church. The History of Revealed Religion is a history of great atrocity and despotism, all having as a direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over Humanity’s free-will. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
That Revealed Religions have been responsible for the murder of more men, women and innocent children than any other force in the history of humanity.
That Revealed Religions have been responsible for the destruction of more rational thought than all political and social movements that have ever existed.
That the repression of the use of Reason by Revealed Religion has caused Humanity to be kept in the dark ages of ignorance for thousands of years.
That the goal of Revealed Religion is to dominate and suppress the human spirit, thereby maintaining its own power-base at the expense of the Human soul.
That forces of Revealed Religion have fought the bloodiest wars Mankind has ever seen, raping and pillaging across every inhabited continent of the globe, and will continue to cause such wars if not acted against.
That Revealed Religion has insidiously gained domineering influence over most, if not all, of our Worlds governments, and continues to attempt to destroy the legitimacy of any alternate forms of Religion under a cloak of “Freedom of Religion.”
That Revealed Religion is the enemy of the Purpose of God, and fights against the progression of humanity by destroying the ability to Reason in its adherents.
That the leaders of Revealed Religion are more interested in personal gain than in attending to the spiritual needs of humanity.
That Revealed Religion has attempted, and is attempting to this day, to force the World into their several and separate belief systems through the use of Terrorism, Destruction, and Repression, as was evidenced on September 11, 2001; in Northern Ireland; in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip; and indeed in every part of our World.
That the greatest source of Evil ever unleashed upon Humanity has been that of Revealed Religion.
In every stage of the Oppressions We have endeavored to mitigate and alleviate the excesses of Revealed Religion, in our own humble and individual ways. Our repeated Petitions that Mankind accept Reason as the only tool needed to understand God have been answered only by repeated injury. A Religious Faith, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the spiritual guide of Free People.
Nor have we been wanting in the attention we have paid to our brethren of Faith. We have warned them from time to time of the evils they are supporting, and of the injury they are doing to Mankind. We have reminded them of the Natural Laws, and of God’s love for all, not just those of any particular Faith or Sect. We have begged them to regain the ability to use Reason to understand God and his Creation. Yet they have been deaf to our individual voices, so we must therefore Unite Together as Deists and speak with a greater voice against these Evils, and hold them, for the benefit of Mankind, as Enemies of Truth, and Friends of injustice.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the United Deist Congregation, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good people of Deism, solemnly publish and declare, That we are committed to the fight against the Evils of the Several Revealed Religions. That we are, and of Right ought to be, a Free and Independent Church. We declare that we are the true spiritual home of all who seek to understand God through the use of Reason, and who oppose the domination of thought imposed by Religions of Faith. And that, as a Church, we have the full power to minister to the spiritual and communal needs of our members, and perform all the functions that an Independent Church may of right do. And, for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our spirits, and our Sacred Honor.