Endangered: The Constitution Part 2
Townhall – Mark Baisley – 3/31/2013
Statists have fought the purity of the First Amendment for decades. The ACLU has managed to inculcate a popular belief in American culture and court systems that asserts the oppression that Thomas Jefferson railed against. And amazingly, they have used
Jefferson’s words to accomplish
their deceitful deed. In a letter of assurance to the Danbury Baptists
Association of Connecticut, Jefferson wrote,
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and 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 and State.”
Without a Congressional debate, nor vote in the Senate, or ratification of the states, the ACLU has managed to establish “separation between church and state” as constitutional dictum.
was not founded on
agnosticism. And if the courts
were to examine the whole of United States Jefferson’s
writings they would find that it is wholly proper for governments to avow the
existence of the God who was acknowledged at the signing of the declaration
that begat the nation.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,
and the pursuit
of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among
Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Liberty
Implied herein is that this Creator
(1) is God of the laws of nature,
(2) is the creator of humans,
(3) intended for humans to share equal status among themselves,
(4) endowed all humans with unalienable rights which include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Not every god fits this description; Sorry.
The acknowledgment of the existence and authority of God by government entities is no way in conflict with the First Amendment. Otherwise, the Declaration of Independence, believed by many in 1789 to be the original Bill of Rights, would itself be categorically unconstitutional.
A CITIZEN IS INCAPABLE OF VIOLATING THE FIRST AMENDMENT. As is evident with every one of the Bill of Rights, the First Amendment was never intended as a restriction on citizen behavior. It is a restriction on government alone.
On matters of religion, government is to remain reverent and meek as a reflection of the noble manner that the Creator invites His followers while gracing them with free will.
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