Against Natural Rights
1 Because, as set forth in the Declaration of Independence, it is “self-evident” that all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
2 Because they infringe upon the natural rights of man; for all should be free to work, play, rest, worship or not to worship, on any day of the week, so long as the equal rights of’ their fellow men are respected.
3 Because “a man by virtue of his inherent and God-given dignity as a human soul, has rights,” including religious freedom, which even one hundred millions of people cannot rightfully take from him without. amending the Constitution.”* Constitution. of the United States, Beck, p. 213.
*A natural right cannot be rightfully taken away, even by amendment of the fundamental law. In the words of Richard M. Johnson, “Despotic power may invade those rights, but justice still confirms them.
4 Because “the enforced observance of a day held sacred by one of the sects, is a discrimination in favor of that sect, and a violation of the freedom of the others.”- Chief Justice Terry, California Supreme Court, 9 Cal.. 502.
Against Constitutional Rights
5 Because the Constitution declares that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” First Amendment.
6 Because the United States Supreme Court has judicially decreed that “the law knows no heresy, and is committed to the support. of no dogma, the establishment of no sect.”- 80 U. S. Reports, 728.
7 Because “the old idea that religious faith and practice can be, and should be, propagated by physical force and penal statutes, has no place in the American doctrine of government.”- U. S. Circuit Court, 21 Federal Reporter, 299.
8 Because “ this government does not know or inquire the religion of the American citizen it protects.”- U. S. Department. of State, “Foreign Relations,” 1881, p.1007.
9 Because “one ol’ the controlling principles of our government is the complete separation of church and state, with the entire freedom of each from any control or interference by the other. This principle is imperative wherever American jurisdiction extends, and no modification or shading thereof can be a subject of discussion.”- Elihu Root, Secretary of War, Report of War Department, 1902, Vol. I, p. 234.
10 Because the United States Senate asserted “that the proper object of government is to protect all persons in the enjoyment of their religious as well as civil rights, and not to determine for any whether they shall esteem one day above another, or esteem all days alike.”- Report on Sunday Mails, Jan. 19, 1829.
11 Because, as proclaimed by the House of Representatives, “it is the duty of this government to afford all – to Jew or Gentile, pagan or Christian – the protection and the advantages of our benignant institutions on Sunday as well as every day of the week.” – Report on Sunday Mails, March 4, 5, 1830.
12 Because “so long as our Constitution remains in force, no majority, no matter how large, can deprive the individual of the right of life, liberty, or property, or prohibit the free exercise of religion or the freedom of speech or of the press.” – President Calvin Coolidge, “Foundations of the Republic,” p.95.
13 Because “our fathers considered the rights of conscience, the freedom of thought, too sacred to be delegated; hence, they provided that the care of religion, the freedom of speech, and the freedom of the press, should never depend upon legislation, but should be left to the voluntary action of the people themselves.” – James A. Garfield, “Works of James Abram Garfield,” Vol. II, p. 578.
14 Because, as viewed by the General Assembly of Indiana, “all attempts to introduce sectarian [Sunday] influence into the councils of the nation are a violation of both the letter and the spirit of the Constitution of the United States and of this State, and at the same time dangerous to our civil and religious liberties.”- “American State Papers,” Class VII, 240.
15 Because “the founders of this Republic established it as a great secular state, within which religion was to remain sacred from the touch of political power.” – Benj. F. Shively, in the U. S. Senate, Dec. 19, 1911.
Against Religious Rights
16 Because Christ, the Author of Christianity, never authorized or endorsed compulsion in the propagation or defense of any of His precepts or practices.
17 Because Paul, the inspired interpreter of theological law, stated a divine principle of Christian liberty when he wrote, “One man esteemeth one day above another; another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” Rom. 14:5.
18 Because “nothing except a voluntary surrender to Christ, and a voluntary service under Him, is acceptable to God; and hence . . . no earthly power, parental, social, civil, or ecclesiastical, has any right to compel conformity to any creed, or to any form of worship.” – Rev. C. F. James, “The Struggle for Religious Liberty in Virginia,” p. 201.
19 Because they are religious, designed only to give civil protection to a religious day, and are defended and enforced only by certain religionists, prohibiting only those things objected to by them on Sunday, and permitting only such acts as they approve on that day, or that they cannot as yet prevent.
20 Because to join religion, personifying divine love and mercy, to civil laws representing human, physical force, is to create a religio-political monstrosity harmful to both.
21 Because, as declared by Madison, “religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence.“- Memorial to Virginia Commonwealth.
22 Because “there is no account in the New Testament of the change from the seventh to the first day of the week, nor even of the institution of the Lord`s day.”- United States Circuit Court, 21 Federal Reporter. 299.
23 Because by thus interfering with the freedom of choice, the church is undermining the foundation of its own structure.
24 Because, as the government cannot have all religions, it should have none.
25 Because Christ “provided for no statesmen to establish His church; nor for any soldiers to propagate its faith. The sublime words in which He commissioned His apostles to preach the gospel, and to disciple all nations, show that His dominion was not to be civil or national, but spiritual and universal.” – E. L. Fancher, LL. D., in address to conference of the M. E, Church, New York, March 21, 1876 (“The Law of Religious Corporations in New York,” p. xiii).
Against Civil Rights
26 Because Washington, the Father of His Country, felt that Sunday labor was within the civil and religious rights of himself and fellow delegates who framed the Federal Constitution; for, upon adjournment, he wrote in his “Diary” that he “retired to meditate on the momentous work which had been executed, after not less than five, for a large part of the time six, and sometimes seven hours, sitting every day, Sundays and the ten days’ adjournment to give a committee opportunity and. time to arrange the business for more than four months.” Quoted in “Constitution of the United States,” by James M. Beck, p. 171.
27 Because “our civil rights have no dependence on our religions opinions any more than our opinions in physics and geometry.”- Jefferson, “An Act for Establishing Religious Freedom” in Virginia, 1785.
28 Because “in this country the rules of a church are without legal sanction and in no true sense laws.”- American Bar Association Reports, Vol. III, p. 109 (Sunday Laws).
29 Because a majority has no authority in religious matters; for “if 99,999,999 of the people out’ of 100,000,000 wanted to do anything in connection with them, and one man stood up in his right and said ‘No.’ then that man’s voice should restrain all the rest.” John Sharp Williams, in U. S. Senate, Jan. 30, 1913.
30 Because “discrimination against the holder of one faith means retaliatory discrimination against men of other faiths. The inevitable result of entering upon such a practice would be an abandonment of our real freedom of conscience, and a reversion to the dreadful conditions of religious dimensions which in so many lands have proved fatal to true liberty,. to true religion, and to all advance in civilization.” – Theodore Roosevelt.
31 Because, as written by George Washington to observers of the seventh-day Sabbath: “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.” – To Seventh Day Baptists of Ephrata, Pa., Aug. 4, 1789.
32 Because they create a religious test, by inscribing a religious dogma in civil statutes. thus forcing dissenting officials to subscribe to religions beliefs when taking their oaths.
33 Because, as pointed out by the General Assembly of Illinois, they “would establish a precedent of dangerous tendency to our privileges as freemen, by involving a legislative decision in a religious controversy on a point in which good citizens may honestly differ.” – “American State Papers,” Blakely, p.275.
34 Because they stir up religious prejudice and controversy, by injecting a theological question into civil affairs, thus setting believer against unbeliever, church against church, and court against court.
35 Because there are already laws on the statute books which maintain order and civility of citizens on Sunday as well as on other days of the week.
36 Because they improperly vest a civil rest day with religious prerogatives.
37 Because, “while our civil principles distinctly the doctrine of majority rule, they do not sanction the application of this doctrine to matters of’ religion. On the other hand, the genius of our institutions sacredly protects the smallest minority in the freest exercise of’ religious sentiment.”– Missouri Superintendent of Education, Reports, 1873, p. 58.
Against Property Rights
38 Because, they result in confiscation without compensation. Time is money. To arbitrarily force a citizen to refrain from work and pleasure on Sunday, with no adequate compensation, is to lower him to the plane of a criminal in a penitentiary. one day of every week.
39 Because, they interfere with legitimate business; for extensive investments have been made in baseball and amusement parks, movie theaters and other interests which largely draw their patronage during the leisure hours of the people.
40 Because, they unjustly tax many citizens one sixth of their earning time in the interests of a religious belief.
41 Because, as stated by President Grant, we should “leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep church and state forever separate. – Address to G. A. R. Veterans, Des Moines, Iowa, 1875.
Against Physical Rights
42 Because, they serve an injunction against legitimate work and pleasure, and are therefore a perversion of true civil jurisprudence.
43 Because, they are detrimental to the mental and physical welfare of the people, by prohibiting needed recreation and amusement on practically the only day the people generally are free to engage in such things.
44 Because, “by forbidding play [on Sunday], we have done our best to make the day, for the young people at least, a day of idleness; and the distinction between enjoying idleness and promoting evil is one hardly worth insisting on.” – Joseph Lee, President Playground Association of America, “Sunday Play,” page 1.
45 Because, they create idleness, restlessness, and resentment.
46 Because, by their enforcement, conscientious American citizens have been fined, imprisoned, and placed in chain gangs. for such inoffensive acts such as digging potatoes, repairing shoes, working in a cornfield, etc.
47 Because, “the first Sunday law, the edict of the emperor Constantine, was the product of that pagan conception developed by the Romans which made religion a part of the state. The day was to be venerated as a religious duty owed to the god of the sun.” – Pennsylvania Superior Court Reports, Vol. 25, p. 134.
48 Because, a true Christian will observe the Sabbath without a civil statute and even in spite of a law to the contrary.
49 Because, they furnish an opportunity for intolerant reformers to persecute those who disagree with their religious opinions.
50 Because, “when religion is good, it will take care of itself when it is not able to take care of itself, and God does not see it fit to take care of it, so that if has to appeal to the civil power for support, it is evident to my mind that its cause is a bad one.” – Benjamin Franklin to Dr. Price.
51 Because, history has amply (demonstrated the folly of attempting to coerce people into outwardly respecting religious dogmas they do not inwardly believe.
52 Because, Christ, not Caesar, is the Christian’s source of power; and conscience, not Congress, is his guide in divine things.
Who Decides Your Sunday Activities?
Shall the Sunday blue law champions decide for you? or do you wish to make your own plans?
The radical religious reformers would like to arrange a special “civil” Sunday program for you, which will mean that every Sunday your liberties will be curtailed. What do you say?
If you wish to preserve your freedom, you must be utmost vigilant. Compassionate sounding Bills that are tailored to support religious groups and organizations are the norm these days. These bills when passed into law, not only siphon public funds into the coffers of large church organizations, but they are often used as an entering wedge in ultimately carrying out “reforms”, but end up as freedom-destroying schemes.
Make your objections known. If such intrusions on our American Constitution are continued, America as we know it will be permanently changed. In fact, it has changed already! There are large forces playing with your sacred rights all in the name of the Lord, and in the name of protecting the “family.” Laws regulating and enforcing any day of rest are purely religious – not civil, no matter how they pretty it’s painted, and will bring national ruin. Mark these words!
Stay alert and active. Send a letter to your Congressman, protesting against any thought of legislation, which would force all to observe a religious day by refraining from work and pleasure on Sunday – no matter how desirous it sounds. Strong influences in America’s past history have been exerted upon our lawmakers to secure the passage of these iniquitous measures. These measures were disastrous, and a permanent stain on the unique character of our country. Once we let our elected officials to pass such laws and establish a precedent, there will he a wholesale effort to enforce the Sunday statutes found in nearly every State, and also to secure more drastic measures.
These old blue laws, relics of the Dark Ages, when church and state were united, should be in the National Museum, and not in our State capitols, nor in our National Capitol!