The Government has got the first amendment backwards.

Oct 20, 2014 by

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a government redress of grievances. Seems pretty straight forward. But in this new world of Progressives, political correctness, and a government that has far overstepped the bounds set by the Constitution, it has been turned topsy-turvy.

Time and time again, Atheist organizations like the Freedom From Religion group, having nothing better to do with their lives, have filed suit against any person, group, or organization that has even a remote connection to the local, state, or federal government and has anything to do with religion, specifically the Christian Faith. They always cite either the “establishment” clause of the First Amendment, or the “separation of church and state” argument. Both arguments are completely bogus, legally groundless, and have nothing to do with the First Amendment.

In a recent especially egregious example, the openly gay Mayor of Houston Texas, has subpoenaed five Houston pastors to turn over their sermons and other pastoral communications to the city for signs of “political activity”.  Read this story for the whole sordid mess.

Houston Persecution

In another case, two Christian ministers in Idaho are being threatened with fines and jail if they refuse to perform same-sex marriages. Again, you can read the whole pathetic story here.

Idaho Persecution

In the Houston case, it is strange that the Houston Mayor has not subpoenaed any Muslim Imams for their sermons and other communications for signs of “political activity”. But that is a whole other blog post.

The problem with both these cases, and many like them, is that they have no basis in law, especially with regards to the Constitution. The First Amendment was written to protect religion from political persecution, not protect the government from religion. The “establishment clause”, for those like the members of the Freedom From Religion organization who are obviously confused by simple sentences, specifically states  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”.  Where in either of these cases is Congress making a law respecting an establishment of religion? Right, I did’t read of one either. It further states that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion, which in both of the above mentioned cases is being violated. If Congress cannot prohibit the free exercise of religion, neither can the city or state.

With regards to the argument of “separation of church and state”, that phrase does not even appear in the Constitution. So as far as the Constitution and the First Amendment are concerned, there is no legal ground for the city of Houston or the State of Idaho to pursue harassment and persecution of Christians in this manner. In fact, both cases violate the free exercise of religion as well as abridging freedom of speech. In both instances the Christians are being persecuted by homosexuals although that is not always the case. The Gay Mafia is alive and well and as intolerant of the views and rights of others as any other hate group. How cases like this are even being won is beyond me. Apparently there are many courts and judges who are equally baffled  with the simple wording of the First Amendment or choose to ignore its true and stated purpose and intent.




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