Disclaimer on religious content in our training and materials:
Defending Utah is non denominational. While we have had heavy LDS influence in the content, since most members have come from an LDS background, we are working to further expand our materials to include showing the same principles from various perspectives.
The original LDS doctrine is that a kingdom or nation – even if it were run by mostly LDS administrators – would always have a duty to defend the rights of all faiths to worship as they please.
“You have a right to belong to what Church you please. Another may say he believes in and worships a white dog, for he has lived with the nations who have a tradition teaching them to do so. It is all right; you are as welcome to worship a white dog as the God I do, if it is your wish. I am perfectly willing you should serve the kind of a god you choose, or no god at all; and that you should enjoy all that is for you to enjoy.”
– Brigham Young, JOD vol. 1, pg 358
The tradition of the founding fathers is that the “Religion of America” is not tied to one specific faith but is based on universal principles that all religions who believe in a God share. The founders did not establish any kind of religion for America, but they knew that five core fundamental principles were necessary for people to be capable of self-government. Without these basic tenets or virtues, then men would have “more need of masters” (Benjamin Franklin).
The five points of fundamental religious belief are these:
1. There exists a Creator who made all things that mankind should recognize and worship.
2. The Creator has revealed a moral code of behavior for happy living which distinguishes right from wrong. This code exists in nature itself.
3. The Creator holds mankind responsible for the way they treat each other.
4. All mankind live beyond this life.
5. In the next life mankind are judged for their conduct in this one.
As many of our members are LDS in the state of Utah, a lot of our content mentions historical LDS quotes and inspiration context from the LDS perspective. Our goal is not to speak one church’s doctrine, but to relate our current environment in Utah to the ideas of the founding fathers. The LDS content is intended primarily to provide historical context for Utah in understanding “how we got here” as a territory. Both LDS and non-LDS will find it valuable in taking effective action in influencing elected representatives and our neighbors in Utah.
In the future we hope to have additional courses and materials to teach the same natural-law based principles from various faith perspectives.
VALUES AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF DEFENDING UTAH
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As a principle of natural law, we believe that every person has a commitment to their creator, originating before they were born on earth, to stand for the liberty of all mankind.
We believe that good and evil exist. Evil has many forms but can be encapsulated in the destruction of one’s agency, otherwise known as personal liberty. Good, can be broken down to personal liberty.
We believe the truth of the statement in the Declaration of Independence, “That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men.” Because of this truth, our creator holds us accountable for our actions relating to government, both in what laws are made and then how those laws are then implemented.
We believe that no government can exist in peace unless it protects everyone’s individual right to life, their right to freely exercise their faith, or lack thereof, and the individual’s right to own and control their property in all its forms.
We believe that the best form of government ever created on earth so far to protect the rights of all mankind (when correctly followed) is found in the principles of the United States Constitution as of the ratification of the first ten amendments to the Constitution, also known as the Bill of Rights.
We believe that the greatest threat to the liberty of mankind is a worldwide conspiracy that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands and nations.
Holy books from many religions describe this conspiracy we face, as well as books such as “None Dare Call It Conspiracy” by Gary Allen, “Shadows of Power” by James Perloff, “Utah’s Secret Combinations” by Defending Utah, among many others. These books help us better understand this conspiracy so that we can more effectively counter their efforts and better preserve liberty.
Breaking down the goals of the conspiracy. The organization or its members seek to:
- Get power
- Get gain or money
- Destroy Christianity and all religions, except for when they can subvert a local religious structure to not compete against their world domination
- Destroy national sovereignty in favor of Marxist based globalism and regional government
- Promote immorality and confuse what is moral
- Abolish private property
- Reject marriage and the idea of natural families
- Implement a government take-over of parenting
- License and control all business
- Promote the “Wrecking of Civilization” by the giving over of society to general legalized plunder
- Promote political degeneracy
- Manipulate the people’s thinking to its own end
We believe that there is no legitimate excuse not to be involved in the fight for freedom. That all of the excuses used in our day were rejected by our political and religious forefathers, and that we do not deserve their legacy if we fall for these excuses that only serve to empower evil.
We believe that, in addition to understanding the conspiracy against God and mankind, there are five principles we must follow to be effective in our activism.
- We must adhere to basic principles of morality.
“Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
- We must learn the principles of the Constitution in the tradition of the Founding Fathers
- We must become involved in civic affairs to see that we are properly represented
- We must make our influence felt by our vote, our letters, our teaching, and our advice.
- We must join with others in this common cause or as Edmund Burke said, we will “fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”
Those that seek to destroy freedom in America must be defeated. They will be defeated. The only question that remains is; which side of the fence will we be on?