United States Constitution: Religious Freedom … by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 18 October 2015; published on 19 October 2015

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Astral Story about a United States ‘Weapon of War’ to Destroy People of Islamic Faith
      • On Islam and Faith in the One God
      • On Christianity, and Walking with Christ
      • America Was Founded on the Principle of Freedom from Religious Freedom
      • Timeline Shift to Escape from the Astral Story of the ‘Weapon of War’
    • Legends of the Sikhs of India
      • Sikh Faith Compared to Islamic and Hindu Faiths
      • SIkhs: Respect for Women
      • Sikhs: Protecting People of Other Faiths
    • On Upholding the Principle of Religious Tolerance
    • On Separating the Concept of Violence from That of Discrimination Against Religions
  • THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
  • THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF SIKHISM
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION

Dear Ones,

Here are a few stories to do with religious tolerance and freedom of religion. There is a lightly edited Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I thought I would talk just for a moment today about religious freedom and religious tolerance in the world today. And I would like to compare two different examples of that …

Astral Story about a United States ‘Weapon of War’ to Destroy People of Islamic Faith

One is complete fantasy: It was an astral story that I heard the other day … actually, a very terrifying astral story. But fortunately, because of my timeline shifting skills, I was able to get out of it pretty quickly, without pondering it too deeply. Nevertheless, in retrospect, I think it had a good lesson for me.

The astral story went like this: There was a thought that there was a type of weapon of war that the United States could employ, in the fight against the people of Islamic faith that have that point of view of doing just about anything to uphold their religion … and who are willing to resort to violence in order to do so.

On Islam and Faith in the One God. First I would like to say that my understanding of the Islamic faith is that those people are very much in the minority of all the people, worldwide, who have that faith.

And second, I would like to say that I went, two times, in Los Angeles to a place that was explaining the Islamic faith. There they had people who were Islamic, and other people, like me, who were just learning about the Islamic faith. And there they taught a saying, or prayer, that many Muslims, people of Islamic faith, say all day long, every day … all of their waking hours.

And the prayer went like this: La illah el Allahtraditional meaning: There is no god but Allah. You may have heard of it. It is pretty famous. The feeling that I got from it … although it might not be quite literal, is like this: Allah, of course, is their name for God. And the feeling that I got from the saying is that Allah, or God, is all that is. So another translation of the prayer might be: There is no god but God … meaning that all the ‘gods’ of this world are laid low by their love of the one God who created and sustains all that is.

And they would feel that prayer, and say it with their hearts all day long. And I got to thinking: Wow! What an incredible spiritual practice, for people to remember God every day, all day! Do you not think?

On Christianity, and Walking with Christ. Now we of Christian faith, we might have our own way of doing it. We might call it walking with Christ … imagining that Christ is with us, in His great compassion, walking by our side all day long. And that is our way of doing it.

America Was Founded on the Principle of Freedom from Religious Freedom. We here in America … This country was founded by spiritual, religious refugees who were not able to practice their own faith in their own land. And they came to America, despite the great peril of the journey across the ocean, and the hardships that would face them … in many cases, death; death both of the grownups and of the children … many perils that would face them in their new life in America because, with their deepest hearts, they wished for spiritual freedom.

So this is the cornerstone; this is the purpose of America in the world: To represent freedom of thought, freedom of expression, freedom of religion. The greatest liberty that a person can have, and still be in accord with the needs of the community around him, without hurting anyone else … the most liberty that he or she can have. So there is that.

Timeline Shift to Escape from the Astral Story of the ‘Weapon of War’. Now back to the astral story, a horrible astral story! And it went like this: There was a weapon of war that had been designed, in the fight against the Islamic extremists, that would target anyone who worshiped God in that way, and destroy them … that would home in on the mini-noospheric thought wave of that person who was repeating in his heart: La illah el Allah … La illah el Allah … and destroy him.

This was the thought: That we would destroy someone because of their religious belief. And immediately I said: I am getting out of this astral story! … And I optimized my timelines, and I got out. You know? … Because that is not for me. Liberty and justice for all: That is for me.

That notion is a kind of a fear-based notion, that people of other religions might represent a threat to us, you know? … That any religion might be anti-American. To think of that! Just to think of that!

To my way of thinking, all religions are welcome in America. People of all creeds, all faiths; people of all races are free in America. You know? That is how I see America.

Legends of the Sikhs of India

Sikh Faith Compared to Islamic and Hindu Faiths. Now I am going to take a story from about 500 years ago, I think it was, from ancient India … well, not too ancient; not modern, though. At that time, there were a group of people called the Sikhs. Sikhism was a very unusual religion, because it had some qualities of the Islamic faith, which believed in only one God, Allah. And it had some qualities of the Hindu faith, which was also very prevalent in India at that time.

The Hindus, in contrast, worshipped God in many different aspects. Hinduism is considered, in these modern days, as being a polytheistic religion … having many gods.

So the Sikhs came along. The Sikhs believed in one God. And they also offered, in their morning prayer, the “Japji Sahib,” a variant of that belief that was in line with the Hindu teachings. And the feeling was … as I understand it … that there were those people who related more to the polytheistic notion of God; and there were other people who understood and were in Soul resonance with the monotheistic notion. Somehow or other they combine both notions.

SIkhs: Respect for Women. The Sikhs, the highest point in their history, I felt, had to do with their support of respect for women, which was unheard of in that time. There was a wonderful prayer that was in the Sikh prayer books about why we should respect women. I loved it …

Link: “SIri Guru Granth Sahib,” page 473 … http://www.srigurugranth.org/0473.html … Search the passage beginning: First Mehl

To paraphrase, that passage conveys this meaning: Where would men be, without women? How might they be born, except through the labor pangs of a mother?

How might they be married, except to a woman? Who might be their lifelong friend, except their wife? And without her, how might the future generations of humankind be born? 

Should a man’s wife pass on, will he not seek another wife? To this wife, shall he not be bound, as it was with the first wife, that he loved?

Why, then, would any man call a woman bad? Even a king is born of woman. Every woman is born of a woman. There would be no one on Earth, were it not for woman … no one at all.

Nanak, the great wise teacher of the Sikhs, declares: It is only God who has no need of a woman. Let us praise the blessed and beautiful True Lord, who lights up our faces in his Great Court. –“Siri Guru Granth Sahib,” page 478

Sikhs: Protecting People of Other Faiths. In addition to this respect for women, they also believed in protecting people of other faiths, and standing up against and fighting against injustice anywhere in the world. There were very brave, courageous men in that group.

There came a time when the Muslims … I think it was the Muslims of the Mughal Empire … took over India. Now I am not speaking against the Muslims here; I am just giving an example … The Muslims required that all the Hindus be converted to the Islamic faith at that time. They would capture Hindus, as I recall, and if they would not convert, they would feed them to the emperor’s dogs, or execute them in other awful ways.

Now this story is not really about Hindus and Muslims. It is about freedom to worship as we will. And the Sikhs saw it in that manner. Though they were very few in number, they aligned themselves with the Mind and Heart and Will of God … the one God that they believed in … and they fought, one against 1,000, or 10,000, in protest against the emperor’s very cruel policy. And so they were all wiped out … They were wiped out for the concept of religious freedom.

On Upholding the Principle of Religious Tolerance

I would just like you to take a look at those two examples of a way to live a life … you know? Do we live in fear of other people who are different from us? Do we threaten to destroy people, just because they are different? Or are we accepting of differences … or even willing to defend, with our last breath, the liberty of each person to worship as they will?

Many religious wars have been fought, down through history. So I am not against the Muslims because of the things that happened in the time of the Mughal Empire. 

The one story, above, was in favor of the Muslim faith being able to worship as it will; the other story was in favor of the Hindu faith being able to worship as it will. And I might add, in these days of atheism, the importance of allowing people of the Christian faith, in the United States, to express themselves as Christians in the world today.

God bless and keep you all. Love you lots! …

On Separating the Concept of Violence from That of Discrimination Against Religions

Wouldn’t you know it, I have a postscript. And this has to do with violence and religion. I think we need to separate the issues of violence and religion. To my way of thinking, violence expressed through religion is not religion … but rather, like a dark strand of energy that is sometimes mixed up with religious belief.

You know, the Christian faith went to the Crusades with a strand like that, long ago … a strand of Darkness that included violence and war. And I think probably every religion has dealt with this issue of violence within it.

But all religions tend towards the Light. The purpose of religions is to tend towards the love and Light that are the Universe, and that God expresses through the Universe.

So this issue of violence, I think is a separate thing. People are entitled to believe what they wish. But violence is a crime against the world community. That is how I feel. So in our own minds, when we say: This terrorist activity must stop … we are not speaking to religion. We are speaking to terrorism. You know what I mean?

You are welcome to disagree with me. Food for thought! Love you all.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” — “Constitution of the United States,” public domain (1)

THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF SIKHISM

Here are the basic principles of the Sikh religion:

  • securing justice for humankind, whether social, political, economic, or religious
  • safeguarding the fundamental rights of humankind
  • protecting the saints; uprooting the wicked
  • guaranteeing dignity and equality for all humankind
  • maintaining peaceful co-existence among all religions

Their principles caused the Sikhs to fight against the Mughal Regime in India, as it was violating human rights and causing massacre of the innocents. The upshoot was the establishment of a sovereign, independent Sikh State.

The Sikhs had come into contact with these Afghan and Mughal invaders as the invaders passed through the Punjab … the Sikh homeland … on their way to invade Delhi, India. The Sikhs were greatly outnumbered, but their spirits were aligned with God’s plan for Earth. Their noble cause was based on social and moral responsibility toward humankind. And so, they were willing to lay down their lives for their God. The resultant struggle and victory is an uplifting example for all the world. –adapted from http://americanpunjabinews.com/files/Chapter-7.pdf ..

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Link: “Guru Gobind Singh,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Gobind_Singh ..

Link: “Japji Sahib,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japji_Sahib ..

Link: “Mughal Empire,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mughal_Empire ..

LInk: “Sikhism,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhism ..

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FOOTNOTE

(1) Link: “Constitution of the United States, page 1.jpg,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Constitution_of_the_United_States,_page_1.jpg … “This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code.”

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