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“Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." Leviticus 25:10.
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NO. 1 CHARLES S. LONGACRE, Editor
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MERICANISM” is a
the divine right of kings. It term much used these
means civil administration
C. P. Bollman days, and withal not
by right and not by might. a little abused. It is
It stands for “governemployed as meaning
ment of the people, by many things not Amer
the people, and for the ican at all, but which
people” in all secular their promoters would
affairs, and the policy impose upon the pub
of “hands off” in all lic as being in har
matters pertaining to mony with American
real or supposed duty spirit and principles.
owed by men to God. For an example of a
This is Americanism. glaring misuse of the
But strange as it word "Americanism,"
may seem, that which we need only refer to
is now properly called the Christian States
Americanism was first man for July, 1921.
enunciated, not in the In that paper an at
New World, but in the tempt was made to
Old; not upon the show that certain meas
Western Continent, ures of religious legis
but the Eastern; not lation demanded by the
in America, but in National Reformers are
Asia; not in a free consonant with Amer
“Render to Cæsar the Things That Are
commonwealth, but in
Cæsar's." ican principles, and
a Roman province; not therefore entitled to be described by the in the United States, but in Palestine. term “ Americanism.” But let us exam. It was not born of human wisdom, but ine the subject a little with a view to of divine prescience; and was voiced, ascertaining what the word really means. not by man, but by God, even by the
In a political sense, Americanism sig. Lord Jesus Christ, our divine Teacher nifies the recognition and protection of and Saviour. Says George Bancroft: natural, God-given rights, both civil and “No one thought of vindicating liberty of religious. It means the Declaration of religion for the conscience of the individual, Independence as against the doctrine of till a voice in Judea, breaking day for the
The freemen of America did bait till usurped poder had stran ened itself by exercise. ...3 ses all the consequences in the ciple, and they avoided the copy quences by denying the prind - Madison.
BARBARABARBERAREN BERRIAK BERRIGEERLER
And it is this doctrine of civil and religious liberty, especially freedom in the sphere of religion, that is today properly known as “Americanism; " and that for the sufficient reason that though originally voiced in Judea, it was first accepted and adopted in a practical way as a sound political principle by the founders of the American government, who wrote it into the Declaration of Independence, and then after independence had been acknowledged by Britain, embodied it in the na
tional Constitution, in James Madison, the “ Father of the Constitution"
the immortal words: “Congress shall make
no law respecting an greatest epoch in the life of humanity by es. establishment of religion, or prohibiting tablishing for all mankind a pure, spiritual, the free exercise thereof." and universal religion, enjoined to render to Cæsar only that which is Cæsar's.”—“ History
The prohibition of “an establishment of the United States," Vol. VI, book 5, chap. i. of religion ” might have been construed
In the same volume. Dr. Bancroft to mean that there should be no state or writes:
national church, as was the case in every “ Vindicating the right of individuality even
European country. But the words, “or in religion, and in religion above all, the new prohibiting the free exercise thereof," nation dared to set the example of accepting in give the First Amendment a very broad its relations to God the principle first divinely
and unmistakable meaning. The doordained in Judea. It left the management of temporal things to the temporal power; but
main of religion, “the home of reason, the American Constitution, in harmony with the the citadel of conscience, the sanctuary people of the several States, withheld from of the soul,” is not to be invaded in any the Federal Government the power to invade way by the civil power. This was Amer. the home of reason, the citadel of conscience,
way in the the power of
icanism in the infancy of the American the sanctuary of the soul; and not from indif. ference, but that the infinite spirit of eternal
Republic, and it is Americanism today. truth might move in its freedom and purity
Dr. Bancroft well says that this Con. nd power,"
stitutional provision was adopted, “not
from indifference, but
This statement by
George Bancroft, American Historian and Statesman
James Madison, the
Paine lost the friendship of Washing to these shores in 1620 from England by ton by the publication of his “ Age of way of Holland, had not been lost in Reason.” Indeed, a large majority of the thousands of Puritans that followed the signers of the Declaration of Inde- them ten years later, coming direct from pendence, as also of the framers of the England, the history of New England Constitution, were Christian men, at might have been very different from least by profession, and who has any what it is, and Massachusetts mighť inright to judge them and to say thať they deed have been the home of Americanwere not sincere? Certainly not the ism, for the Pilgrims were not persemen who are trying today to turn us cutors, as were the Puritans. But such back to medievalism in both church and was not to be. state.
To Roger Williams in Rhode Island It is time that Americans ceased to and to the Presbyterians and Baptists hark back to Puritan days for the ori. of Virginia must be awarded the honor gin of Americanism. If the Plymouth
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