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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:50 PM

What Role Should Religion and History Play?


You're all already for gay marriage rights (I assume). So to avoid a big luvin, as my World Issues teacher would put it, I think a more interesting topic would be religion and heritage, and what role it should play in society. Of course if you want to debate gay marriage... or cats even, be my guest. I'm all for freedom of speech :p Hopefully this doesn't quantify as a post about religion.

ps. wouldn't be shocked if the link didn't work... posting via my tablet may do that...

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Response to Ravajava (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:09 AM

1. Thomas Jefferson was pretty smart...

& knew what was good for them would not necessarily be good for generations to come.

He wrote:

Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of nineteen years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force, and not of right. It may be said, that the succeeding generation exercising, in fact, the power of repeal, this leaves them as free as if the constitution or law had been expressly limited to nineteen years only. In the first place, this objection admits the right, in proposing an equivalent. But the power of repeal is not an equivalent. It might be, indeed, if every form of government were so perfectly contrived, that the will of the majority could always be obtained, fairly and without impediment. But this is true of no form. The people cannot assemble themselves; their representation is unequal and vicious. Various checks are opposed to every legislative proposition. Factions get possession of the public councils, bribery corrupts them, personal interests lead them astray from the general interests of their constituents; and other impediments arise, so as to prove to every practical man, that a law of limited duration is much more manageable than one which needs a repeal." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1789. ME 7:459, Papers 15:396

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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:34 PM

2. Yes he was

That's a very good quote. The more I read from him the more it seems as if he could predict the future, an ability I assume he acquired from reading into the past.

Thanks for the commenting and bringing that quote forward

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