The balance between freedom and truth- a dialogue On November 06, 2009, God arranged for a discussion or dialogue among five randomly chosen individuals (long dead) to be telecast live by practically every TV network in the United States and the rest of the world. It is believed that the purpose behind this act was an attempt at bringing a relative sense of truth that needs to be imbibed into practical politics in the twenty-first century. The technicalities on how God managed this worldwide telecast is beyond the comprehension of this writer, but the net result is that it happened on the above mentioned date. The randomly chosen participants are as follows:
John Winthrop – Puritan and Governor of Massachusetts (1588-1649).
Christopher Columbus – Well, every American has heard about him.
Ioann (John) Veniaminov- Russian missionary in Alaska (1797-1879)
Roger Williams – Founder of Rhode Island and religious seeker (1603-1683).
Jean Nicollet – French fur trader (1598-1642).
The participants in the dialogue were introduced by President Barack Obama. Christopher Columbus, as the discoverer of America, started the dialogue.
Columbus: I need not remind anyone here that I was the one responsible for the colonization of this land. The native people of this land were pagans and the only way to bring about a change was through enforced rules that made them see the truth of our religion. I presume, everyone here agrees with the statement that religion is concerned with truth – and hence the true religion should be enforced by the state: those who do not believe or deviate in their beliefs, from what the state says is the religious Truth ought to be punished, as severely as necessary to convince them of the errors of their ways.
Veniaminov: Glory to God our savior. I agree with this illustrious gentleman. I believe from my experiences with Aleut Indians that Christianity, as a unified religion, is the best way to govern a state. I have, with the grace of God, been able to bring about a
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