|Beacon of Individual & Religious Liberty|
The Freedom Org
Philadelphia's Role in History
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The city, Philadelphia, in Greek means "City of Brotherly Love" (philos, "love" or "friendship", and adelphos, "brother"). This complete freedom of religion for everybody who believed in God brought not only English, Welsh, German and Dutch Quakers to the colony, but also Huguenots (French Protestants), Mennonites, Amish, Catholics, Lutherans from Catholic German states, and Jews. Penn's ideas were later studied by Founding Father and Philadelphian, Benjamin Franklin, as well as the pamphleteer of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine, whose father was a Quaker.
In 1774, when John Adams, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, George Washington, along with another fifty Colony Delegates gathered at Carpenter's Hall for the first Continental Congress to discuss and come to resolution about their growing concerns with being governed and taxed from afar, they ultimately laid the foundation for the creation of the beacon of freedom for all of humanity.
Upon reconvening at the Second Continental Congress a year later, sixty-five men ultimately adopted, in July 1776, the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. documents that, today, still stand as a milestone in the chronicles of history.
The original draft, penned by Thomas Jefferson, begins:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
The Constitutional Convention, which also convened in Philadelphia, initially met for the purpose of revising the earlier Articles of Confederation but, instead, drafted and passed the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787.
Written in the majority by James Madison this document laid out an entirely new fundamental design for government.
While the United States Constitution stands as another significant and pivotal document in the history of liberty, Patrick Henry was an outspoken critic of it and urged against its very adoption, arguing to everyone that, as it had been written, the Constitution placed in the hands of the federal government entirely too much power, that there was not enough protection for the individual.
As a leading Anti-federalist at the time, Henry was instrumental in bringing about and forcing the adoption of the Bill of Rights.
Those initial and extremely powerful 10 amendments to the Constitution, written in the main by James Madison, were adopted in 1791, during the first term of George Washington's presidency.
The Bill of Rights maintains a central role in American law and government, and remain as one of the very fundamental symbols of freedom of the nation.
One hundred seventy six years following the Declaration of Independence, philosopher and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, would choose that very special place, the City of Philadelphia, as the setting for his largest single body of work ever assembled on the anatomy, behavior and potentials of the Spirit of Man.
Known as the Philadelphia Doctorate Course, these sixty-six powerful lectures, delivered in just 18 days, (immediately followed by an additional 10 lectures the following month) are the most comprehensive body of data ever assembled on the potentials and capabilities of the Spirit in relation to the universe. These lectures are the ultimate statement of what each and every one of us is capable of achieving.
The PDC lectures provide the very fundamentals that underlie the route to absolute and total freedom--Spiritually. In complete detail LRH lays out a being's relationship to the creation, maintenance and destruction of diverse universes; the anatomy of matter, energy, space and time, and of postulating various and different universes into existence; as well as the Spirit's fall from one's very innate natural abilities and the universal laws by which they are ultimately restored.
"I have lived no cloistered life and hold in contempt the wise man who has not lived and the scholar who will not share.
"There have been many wiser men than I, but few have traveled as much road.
"I have seen life from the top down and the bottom up. I know how it looks both ways. And I know there is wisdom and there is hope."
--- L. Ron Hubbard
It seems apropos, then, that the newly acquired edifice of The Freedom Org, the Church of Scientology of Pennsylvania, located in history-rich Philadelphia and originally established on March 16, 1975, would become a pinnacle of the religion.
At fifteen stories in height, The Freedom Org is the Church's first "skyscraper", a shining example of the religion that can -and does- secure Total Freedom for all.
The new Scientology Church in Philadelphia is located a short walk from City Hall and just a few blocks away is that area known as Old City, featuring Independence Hall, Carpenter's Hall, the American Philosophical Society, the Betsy Ross House and much much more.
We invite you to join us as we embark upon this exciting journey in the latest narrative of humankind's and Scientology's march toward every person's individual and religious liberty.
Your Freedom is our Purpose.
(From Noah Webster's 1828 American Dictionary)
|Beacon||In general, a beacon may be any light or mark intended for direction and security against danger.|
|Pinnacle||A high spiring point; summit.|
|Summit||The highest point or degree; utmost elevation.|
|Freedom||A state of exemption from the power or control of another; liberty; exemption from slavery, servitude or confinement. Freedom is personal, civil, political, and religious.|
|Liberty||Freedom from restraint, in a general sense, and applicable to the body, or to the will or mind. The body is at liberty, when not confined; the will or mind is at liberty, when not checked or controlled. A man enjoys liberty, when no physical force operates to restrain his actions or volitions.|
|Edifice||The word is not applied to a mean building, but to temples, churches or elegant mansion-houses, and to other great structures.|