A while back I said I would talk about the Constitution; the time has come.
I thought I'd start with the first ten Amendments, also known as the Bill of Rights; these Amendments are what we usually think of the most in the context of our rights, and the usurpations by the government.
Amendment I :
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
The two that get the most "press" are religion and speech.
I would like to point out here that it does not say anything about the SEPARATION of Church and State anywhere in the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson made the comment in a letter to the Danbury Baptists Association in 1802. The letter in it's entirety is below:
The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. My duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.
Jan. 1. 1802"
Jefferson never said we couldn't pray in our schools, our football games, our graduations; never said God should be banished from public display; from public discourse. Don't EVER let anyone tell you there is a WALL OF SEPARATION between Church and State, there isn't.
Our government has imposed itself into our lives and has tried to abolish religion, which in effect Unconstitutionally creates the "Civic Religion" I mentioned before found in Arthur Henry King's "Arm the Children."
Don't ever believe that the Founders EVER meant for us to not be able to hold Religion foremost in our hearts and minds. To be told that we can't invoke God in any setting is a violation of your First Amendment rights. Your children CAN write about God in school, they CAN pray before a football game, they CAN pray at Graduation, they CAN pray at their desks. They CAN! If someone tries to tell you that they can't, ask him or her to read aloud Amendment I of the Bill of Rights. Know your rights! The wording is not ambiguous, and maybe you can teach someone something in the process. Carry a copy of the Constitution in your purse, briefcase or glove box, so you can whip it out and help others learn what they don't but NEED to know.
Our schools are failing in teaching the Constitution, if you went to public school, it's very likely you never got the whole story of the Founding of this country. Take time now to learn the Constitution, it's the only thing that can save us from the ongoing march of Socialism.
You can order "pocket" Constitutions easily from either the National Center for Constitutional Studies at www.nccs.net, or from the Heritage Foundation at www.heritage.org.
The National Center for Constitutional Studies is cheaper by far, offering 100 copies for $30.00 .
Please get some, pass them out, or just get one for yourself. Study it. Education is essential to retaining what's left of our freedoms, and regaining those that have been lost.
The next post will be part 2 of Amendment I, this got a little long :)
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