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    LAMB-LIKE PROFESSION

    Declaration of Independence.- “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”FT 55.5

    Constitution, Art. 9, Sec. 2.—“This Constitution, and the laws of the U. S. which shall be made in pursuance thereof, .. shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.”FT 56.1

    Constitution, Art. 4, Sec. 4.—“The United States shall guarranty to every State in this Union, a republican form of government, etc.”FT 56.2

    Guarranty 1.—“To warrant; to make true; to undertake to engage that another person shall perform what he has stipulated.—2. To undertake to secure to another at all events.—Webster’s Dictionary.FT 56.3

    “The true foundation of republican government is the equal rights of every citizen, in his person and property, and in their management.” Thomas Jefferson’s Definition.FT 56.4

    At the Congressional banquet given in honor of Kossuth, Judge Wayne, of the Supreme Court, is reported to have given the following sentiment:FT 56.5

    “Constitutional liberty to all nations of the earth supported by christian faith and the morality of the Bible.”FT 56.6

    “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Amendments Constitution, Art. v.FT 57.1

    Says Lord Blackstone, in his commentaries on the common law:FT 57.2

    “Those rights which God and nature have established, and are therefore called natural rights—such as life and liberty—need not the aid of human laws to be more effectually invested in every man than they are; neither do they receive any additional strength when declared by the municipal laws inviolable. On the contrary, no human legislature has power to abridge or destroy them, unless the owner himself shall commit some act which amounts to a forfeiture.”FT 57.3

    The New York Tribune, of Feb. 18, 1854, says:FT 57.4

    “The whole world has been steadily advancing toward the overthrow of African slavery for more than a century. Nations have abolished it. England has emancipated her black population. France has done the same. Even Russia herself has abolished serfdom in every territory, she has added to her empire since the beginning of the present century. The trade in slaves has been denounced as piracy by all nations. The remains of the barbarism of slave-holding now linger in the world under the protection of the decaying kingdom of Spain and a portion of the States of this Union.”FT 57.5

    Amendment of the Constitution, Art. 1.—“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”FT 58.1

    The Congressional Committee of 1830, on the intent of the Constitution, report:FT 58.2

    “We look in vain to that instrument for authority to say whether the first day, or seventh day, or whether any day has been made holy by the Almighty.FT 58.3

    “The constitution regards the conscience of the Jew as sacred as that of the Christian, and gives no more authority to adopt a measure affecting the conscience of a solitary individual, than of a whole community.—That representative who would violate this principle, would lose his delegated character, and forfeit the confidence of his constituents. If Congress should declare the first day of week holy, it would not convince the Jew nor the Sabbatarian. It would dissatisfy both, and consequently convert neither.FT 58.4

    “If a solemn act of the legislature shall in one point define the law of God, or point out to the citizen one religious duty, it may with equal propriety define every part of revelation, and enforce every religious obligation, even to the forms and ceremonies of worship, the endowments of the church, and support of the clergy.”FT 59.1

    The following letter of GEO. WASHINGTON’S, written to the committee of a Baptist society in Virginia, in reply to questions as to the design of the Constitution, says:FT 59.2

    “If I had the least idea of any difficulty resulting from the Constitution adopted by the Convention, of which I had the honor to be President when it was formed, so as to endanger the rights of any religious denomination, then I never should have attached my name to that instrument.—If I had any idea that the general government was so administered that liberty of conscience was endangered,FT 59.3

    I pray you be assured that no man would be more willing than myself to revise and altar that part of it, so as to avoid all religious persecutions. You can, without doubt, remember that I have often expressed my opinion, that every man who conducts himself as a good citizen is accountable alone to God for his religious faith, and should be protected in worshiping God according to the dictates of his own conscience.” Geo. Washington. Aug. 4, 1789.FT 60.1

    Hon. A. H. CRAGIN, of New Hampshire, in the House of Representatives, says:FT 60.2

    “When our forefathers reared the magnificent structure of a free republic in this western land, they laid its foundations broad and deep in the eternal principles of right. Its materials were all quarried from the mountain of truth; and, as it rose majestically before an astonished world, it rejoiced the hearts and hopes of mankind. Tyrants only cursed the workmen and their workmanship. Its architecture was new. It had no model in Grecian or Roman history. It seemed a paragon, let down from heaven to inspire the hopes of men and to demonstrate God’s favor to the people of the new world. The builders recognized the rights of human nature as universal. Liberty, the great first right of man, they claimed for ‘all men,’ and claimed it from ‘God himself’ Upon this foundation they erected the temple, and dedicated it to Liberty, Humanity, Justice and Equality. Washington was crowned its patron saint.FT 60.3

    Liberty was then the national goddess, worshiped by all the people. They sang of liberty, they harangued for liberty, they prayed for liberty. Slavery was then hateful. It was denounced by all. The British king was condemned for foisting it upon the colonies. Southern men were foremost in entering their protest against it. It was then everywhere regarded as an evil, and a crime against humanity.”FT 61.1

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