If you read Amendment 1 of the constitution for yourself you will find that it was written in clear unambiguous language. It says that the federal government shall not establish a state religion, that it will not prevent the free exercise of religion by the citizens.
It does not say that the government should purge itself of all traces of the religion of its founders, nor does it say that all mention of religion should be removed from public places, nor should the citizens be forbidden to exercise their religion in a place of their choosing.
All of those ideas are the result of several Supreme Court decisions, and the basis of those decisions is a study of the Federalist Papers, not the constitution. The Federalist papers were a series of letters to the state legislatures by some of the founding fathers that were meant to gain support for ratification of the constitution.
The Federalist Paper in this study was a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Baptist in Danbury CT. This letter while not as clear as Amendment 1, is Thomas Jefferson’s assurance to these citizens that the Federal Government would not interfere with their religion, or establish a state religion.
Somehow clever lawyers managed to convince the Supreme Court Justices that the intent of Amendment 1 was to protect the Federal Government from the religion of its citizens. Amendment 1 is part of the bill of rights, which ironically, lists the rights of the citizens, not the rights of the federal government.
The Supreme Court turned Amendment 1 upside down, and instead of protecting the religious rights of the individual citizen, gave instead the right to the federal government to destroy the religion of its citizens.
The Federal Government has attended to that task with enthusiasm, and almost all traces of the religion of our founding fathers have been removed from government buildings. The government forbids our children from saying a prayer, and they can not say the pledge of allegiance because it mentions the God of its citizens religion.
In our country’s beginning our churches were the places where its citizens voted, and in many places that is still true; yet if one of our pastors happens to mention politics he may lose his churches exemption from federal taxes. That pretty well muzzles our pastors, who do still recognize right from wrong.
I have lived for 75 years, and I remember prayers in school, the pledge of allegiance, and the sight of the ten commandments at the county court house. In those years before the government declared war on our religion it would have been inconceivable for anyone to enter a school and murder the students. That idea would not have occurred to a student.
A lot of things that we take for granted now would not have occurred to us. Every right in the bill of rights is precious, and if we citizens don’t defend every single right we will lose them all. A lot of people criticize the second amendment, the right to bear arms. Someone in the Japanese military said that the reason Japan never considered attacking the American mainland is because all of our citizens are armed.
If you don’t want to belong to a church, or own a gun, that is your right as a citizen. Just because you have a reason not to participate in some activity don’t try to make it illegal for your neighbor to exercise his civil rights, or you yourself may lose a right that is precious to you; like the right to assemble freely and protest the actions of the government.
Over 3000 citizens of Syria have died trying to exercise that right to assemble freely which we take for granted.