C . A . G . E .
Citizens Against Government Encroachment -- Citoyens Anti Gouvernement Envahissant





David Hume

"It is rare that any form of liberty is lost all at once."

This brilliant Scottish philosopher wrote at a time when normative religious doctrine had so strong an influence on government mentality that he had to arrange for some of his works be published posthumously for his own safety. The above phrase encapsulates much of what CAGE stands for. It is when you compare the political freedoms of the average North American citizen in the 1960’s with the constraints of today that the trend becomes most apparent and worrying.

In recent decades, we counted our blessings that most western democracies adhered to the concept of separation of church and state. Unfortunately, the state is now adopting for itself the normative doctrines of religious institutions and imposing them upon its citizenry regardless of faith. We have gained nothing if scientists replace the prophets, politicians replace the priests, and government becomes as absolutist in its doctrine as the church once was.

Pastor Martin Niemöller

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

Pastor Martin Niemöller

This powerful and thought-provoking poem was written to motivate civil action and resistance to the Nazi movement. We do not presume to compare the wrongs committed by Nazi Germany to the annoying laws and regulations imposed on us by our democratic North American governments. What we hope to do is to take the lessons that history teaches us about tolerance and action, and apply them to our daily lives. The concept of "Democracy" should not mean "Tyranny of the Majority", and respect for minority rights should not be limited to human rights issues enshrined in our respective constitutions.