JS – Articles on Secession
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To Secede or not to secede, that is the question
The following introductory paragraphs contain links to six legal and biblical research articlesaddressing the subject of state secession, starting with an original article by Edwin Vieira,followed by an opposing opinion by Timothy Baldwin, a response by Edwin Vieira, anopposing legal opinion by Timothy Baldwin, a biblical argument by Pastor Chuck Baldwin,and a response to Timothy Baldwin by Edwin Vieira.The six articles discuss in some detail, historical, biblical, and legal arguments supporting andcritiquing the subject of state secession. All documents are an integrated version of theseparate articles, and all are downloadable from Scribd.com. For continuity sake, it isprobably sensible to read the articles in the sequence provided below.
I. A DISSENTING OPINION ON “SECESSION”
Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr., Ph.D., J.D.
February 1, 2010The Internet is awash with articles in the patriotic ether that promote “secession” of one ormore States from the United States as advisable, practical, and even necessary. Typically, theauthors of these proposals define “secession” (at least implicitly) as the purported legal,political, and moral right of a State to leave the Union, unilaterally and at her own discretion, without the approval of or even any participation in the process by any other State or theGeneral Government in Washington, D.C. Some of these authors contend that theConstitution itself allows for such “secession”. Others argue that, whatever the Constitutiondoes or does not countenance in that regard, “secession” is now permissible, and evenimperative, under the principles of the Declaration of Independence, because the GeneralGovernment has, as a “Form of Government”, “become[ ] destructive of the[ ] ends” for whichit was first instituted. And more…http://www.scribd.com/doc/26398443/Edwin-Vieira-A-Dissenting-Opinion-on-Secession