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Read Any Constitution of Any Nation and Compare

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by InTheLight, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. InTheLight

    InTheLight Well-Known Member

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    Preamble to Afghanistan's constitution:

    In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

    Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of Worlds; and Praise and Peace be upon Mohammad, His Last Messenger and his disciples and followers

    We the people of Afghanistan:

    Believing firmly in Almighty God, relying on His divine will and adhering to the Holy religion of Islam;

    Realizing the previous injustices, miseries and innumerable disasters which have befallen our country;

    Appreciating the sacrifices, historical struggles, jihad and just resistance of all the peoples of Afghanistan, admiring the supreme position of the martyrs of the country's freedom;

    Comprehending that a united, indivisible Afghanistan belongs to all its tribes and peoples;

    Observing the United Nations Charter as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

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    Iran

    Article 64

    There are to be two hundred seventy members of the Islamic Consultative Assembly which, keeping in view the human, political, geographic and other similar factors, may increase by not more than twenty for each ten-year period from the date of the national referendum of the year 1368 of the solar Islamic calendar.

    The Zoroastrians and Jews will each elect one representative; Assyrian and Chaldean Christians will jointly elect one representative; and Armenian Christians in the north and those in the south of the country will each elect one representative.
     
  2. Aaron

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    The critical difference is that the god of Islam is a false god and mohammed is a false prophet.

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  4. Aaron

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    No, the critical difference is that the U.S. Constitution does not mention God, but the state constitutions do. The reason for that was not secular, but political. The Constitution was not drafted to be an enumeration of rights, but an enumeration of powers. The enumeration of specific rights correctly lay in the state and local governments, where the people are better represented, where the people can better petition for a redress of grievances, and where corrections for unintended usurpations of rights are more speedily enacted.

    The Constitution, by contrast, was document that told each branch of the federal government what it had the power to do, and if it were not expressly granted a particular power, it could not do it.
     
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    I think that's where ITL was going. No, not about the distinction and roles of federal and state governments, but I think he was trying to point out that where other nations constitutions mention God, the U.S. Constitution does not, and I think the implication of his post was that the reason for the relative peace and stability we enjoy was secular.

    But I wanted to illuminate the fact that God is mentioned in the more important governing documents of this nation, and enlighten folks as to the reason that the U.S. Constitution is void of direct references to God.
     
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