Saturday, October 24, 2009

Original intention of the First Amendment

The First Amendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

Somehow this has been twisted to mean that:

The Ten Commandments cannot be posted in court houses

Manger scenes cannot be placed in town squares.

High school football teams cannot begin their games with prayer

Students cannot mention the name Jesus in their valedictorian speeches

Teachers cannot explain the origin of Christmas to their students

Teachers are prohibited from teaching views of science that contradict naturalist philosophy.

The list could go on and on. In fact, Christians are increasingly being sued in attempts to force them to violate their most deeply held religious convictions and one of President Obama's recent appointees (a former law professor!) said that in areas where sexual freedom conflict with religious freedom, she could hardly imagine any time when freedom of religion should win!

In his absolutely outstanding book, The 10 Big Lies about America," lawyer and Yale history major Michael Medved writes,
In fact, less than twenty-four hours after Congress approved the First Amendment, they clearly indicated the way they understood its language by passing the following resolution: "Resolved, that a joint committee of both Houses be directed to wait upon the President of the United States, to request that he would recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almights God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a Constitution for their safety and happiness." In the proclamation duly announcing the "day of public thanksgiving and prayer" that Congress had requested, President Washington declared November 26 "to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all good that was, that is, or that will be."

It never occurred to this First Congress that their call for public prayer would conflict with the amendment they had adopted a day earlier prohibiting "an establishment of religion" (83-84).
As you can see, the abuses I listed above are clearly unconstitional when considered in light of the founding Fathers' original intentions. The First Amendment was never intended to restrict religious expression but to keep government from restricting religious expression. Yet our our freedom of religion is being systematically stripped away from us.

How is this possible? How can the govenment get away with this?

Judges who treat the Constitution as a "living breathing document" no longer feel bound to interpret it in light of the intention of our founding fathers. They can twist it to mean anything they want and when this happens, the Constitution is no longer worth the paper on which it was written.

What is even more unbelievable, however, is that even Christians vote for people like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and other Democrats who think the Constitution should be interpreted as a living breathing document! Christians have voted for the very politicians who are systematically stripping freedom of religion from us and our children!

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