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Most do not understand that the entire constitutions of the various states and the United States are wholly the result of the development of Christian thought regarding human government since the fall of the Roman Empire in 1453 A.D. The original thirteen colonies sought to constitutionally protect their states from straying away from that understanding by acknowledging this in their constitutions. Further than this these constitutions in various degree's and ways attempted to enable the perpetuation of this Biblically based thought to future generations. When they agreed to create a federal government for the welfare of the states and their people they wrote the Bill of Rights that completely forbad the federal government from interfering or having any say in the various experiments the states and people were conducting via their constitutions in that perpetuation of Biblically based thought to future generations. Although keeping with general idea's of Biblically based human government Kentucky's original constitution seems to leave off the idea of constitutionally perpetuating the fact that Christians and Christian based thought were responsible for it's frame of government.  In doing so it also forsook efforts to constitutionally aid the development of this thought in future generations. This left it adopting wording more along the lines of the federal constitution that forbad the state government from interfering in the religion of the people. 

That the general, great and essential principles of liberty and free government may be recognized and established, WE DECLARE
I. That all men when they form a social compact, are equal, and that no man or set of men are entitled to exclusive separate public emoluments or privileges from the community, but in consideration of public services.
II. That all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness. For the advancement of these ends, they have at all times an unalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform, or abolish their government, in such manner as they may think proper.
III. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences; that no man can of right be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry against his consent; that no human authority can, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience; and that no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious societies or modes of worship.
IV. That the civil rights, privileges, or capacities of any citizen shall in nowise be diminished or enlarged on account of his religion.


An interesting thing about this original constitution is that it completely regulates human slavery and leaves the whole question of slavery up to future democratic processes.


The Legislature shall have no power to pass laws for the emancipation of slaves without the consent of their owners, or without paying their owners, previous to such emancipation, a full equivalent in money for the slaves so emancipated; they shall have no power to prevent emigrants to this State from bringing with them such persons as are deemed slaves by the laws of any one of the United States, so long as any person of the same age or description shall be continued in slavery by the laws of this State; that they shall pass laws to permit the owners of slaves to emancipate them, saving the rights of creditors, and preventing them from becoming a charge to the county in which they reside; they shall have full power to prevent slaves being brought into this State as merchandise; they shall have full power to prevent any slave being brought into this State from a foreign country, and to prevent those from being brought into this State who have been, since the first day of January, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine, or may hereafter be, imported into any of the United States from a foreign country. And they shall have full power to pass such laws as may be necessary, to oblige the owners of slaves to treat them with humanity, to provide for them necessary clothing and provisions, to abstain from all injuries to them extending to life or limb; and in case of their neglect or refusal to comply with the directions of such laws, to have such slave or slaves sold for the benefit of their owner or owners.

For the record the future democratic process did not go well in Kentucky. It led to greater abuses of the God given rights enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. In the war between evil and the good being brought into the earth via the Government of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, evil men who's interest's were threatened by good clearly had the upper hand as time proceeded. Kentucky's constitution of 1800 banned all free men of color from participating in the electoral process. It's constitution of 1850 developed into a true abomination. It became a felony for any free black or partially black person to be in the state. Any freed slaves by law had to be deported. Further it turned it's 'bill of rights" into a bill of wrongs.

From Kentucky's 1850 constitution, section: Bill of Rights:

2. That absolute, arbitrary power over the lives, liberty, and property of freemen, exists nowhere in a republic--not even in the largest majority.

3. The right of property is before and higher than any constitutional sanction; and the right of the owner of a slave to such slave and its increase, is the same, and as inviolable as the right of the owner of any property whatever


To view the entire constitution follow this hyperlink.

The Constitution of Kentucky 1792

The Constitution of Kentucky 1800

The Constitution of Kentucky 1850

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