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George Mason: “To disarm the people …”

5 January 2016

George Mason

“To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
– George Mason

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 5 January 2016 6:14 pm

    Reblogged this on The Harlemite.

  2. 5 January 2016 8:37 pm

    George Mason is not a Father of the Church. Yes, we have soldier-saints; that’s a different thing entirely. I don’t care what your politics are, but am disappointed to see so blatant a political reaction diminishing an otherwise helpful blog.


    • 5 January 2016 11:54 pm

      From the beginning this blog has included comments about politics as well as the Christian Faith. I spend less time on politics because they are of passing importance in comparison to our relationship with our Blessed Lord. As of today there have been 1,831 posts that are Religious/Theological Reflections, and 713 posts that are Politics/Current Events.

      Our Christian Faith is not something that exists only on an abstract level, or worse yet merely in our emotions. It is appropriate to also ask how this faith addresses the whole range of social and public phenomena we encounter in our community and nation. We need to ask what is the relationship of faith with the actions of elected officials in general, and the exercise of civil power in concrete circumstances. Religion is far too important for human existence to be excluded from politics

      Our nation is, or at least is supposed to be, governed by a Constitution. The words of the framers of our Constitution should matter a great deal to anyone who cares about this country and the Constitution that is our inheritance.

      If you find anything I share to be useful, then I am honored that you take the time to read my blog. If you want to raise a counter point, I will be happy to read you comment with an open mind. But if you just find it too disturbing to have your ideology challenged, then I suggest that you simply stop reading.

      • 6 January 2016 2:40 am

        I have not revealed my “ideology” to you, progressive or otherwise; I merely stated an opinion.

        I appreciate the explanation of the reasoning behind your blog. Our Constitution is a wonderful thing. My daughter and her husband are in the military, defending it and us. Our Constitution is also a temporary, passing thing. Presidents and other civil authorities also come and go; what they do certainly has an effect on us – and St Paul tells us to pray for them, and put our hope in the Resurrection. I do not think religion should be excluded from politics, but the closer the two are intertwined, the worse it seems to be for the Church, no matter what the political system.

        I hope you read Fr Stephen Freeman’s blog. He expresses the “ideology” to which I aspire.

        Wishing you well-

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