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Sunday, December 19, 2010

"Tyranny brings immorality, ignorance, and vice"

This is a quote by Samuel Adams, cousin of John Adams, American Patriot, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, given in 1772

"It is not high time for the people of this country explicitly to declare, whether they will be freemen or slaves? It is an important question which ought to be decided. It concerns us more than anything in this life. The salvation of our souls is interested in this event. For wherever tyranny is established, immorality of every kind comes in like a torrent. It is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice. For they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail. The religion and public liberty of a people are intimately connected; their interest are interwoven, they cannot subsist separately; and therefore they rise and fall together. For this reason, it is always observable, that those who are combined to destroy the people's liberties. practice every art to poison their morals. How greatly then does it concern us, at all events, to put a stop to the progress of tyranny."

- Samuel Adams, October 1772

This quote was taken from this link:
http://www.meetup.com/WeSurroundThemGathering/boards/thread/7909956/

Now, compare this Sam Adams quote with the scriptures found in Mosiah 29: 10-41, especially verses 12-16, and 17-20, and especially 21, 22-30, and 35-36, and again especially 38, which says:

21: "And behold, now I say unto you, ye cannot dethrone an iniquitous king save it be through much contention, and the shedding of much blood."

22: "For behold, he has his afriends in iniquity, and he keepeth his guards about him; and he teareth up the laws of those who have reigned in righteousness before him; and he trampleth under his feet the commandments of God;"

23: "And he enacteth laws, and sendeth them forth among his people, yea, laws after the manner of his own wickedness; and whosoever doth not obey his laws he acauseth to be destroyed; and whosoever doth rebel against him he will send his armies against them to war, and if he can he will destroy them; and thus an unrighteous king doth pervert the ways of all righteousness."

35: "And he also unfolded unto them all the disadvantages they labored under, by having an unrighteous king to rule over them;"

36: "Yea, all his iniquities and abominations, and all the wars, and contentions, and bloodshed, and the stealing, and the plundering, and the committing of whoredoms, and all manner of iniquities which cannot be enumerated—telling them that these things ought not to be, that they were expressly repugnant to the commandments of God."

"Therefore they relinquished their desires for a king, and became exceedingly anxious that every man should have an equal chance through out all the land; yea and every man expressed a willingness to answer for his own sins."

Notice that the words "equal chance" were chosen and used, and not "equal things".

And finally:

26: "Now it is not common that the avoice of the people desireth anything bcontrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the cpeople to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law—to do your business by the voice of the people."

27: "And aif the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land."


These verses were taken from, and can be read at, the following link:

http://scriptures.lds.org/en/mosiah/29

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