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1st Amendment, Why It Is So Important to a Free Society

I am very interested in American History, especially our founders. I hope to show how the Bible influenced their Philosophy and writings.

A copy of the 1st Amendment

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 Bill of rights

Freedom of Religion, not Freedom from Religion

The 1st Amendment tells us that, .Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;...

This guarantees us the right to freely exercise our religion, as long as in so doing, we do not violate anyone else's rights. Over the last 50 years, both State and Federal Judges have continually violated the rights of Christians, citing a none existing separation clause in the 1st Amendment. I don't see it; do you? What they use, instead of the Constitution, is an excerpt from a personal letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptist concerning the increasing number of Catholics immigrating from Europe. He wrote in his reply,

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.(copied from National Archives; Docs/Thomas Jefferson)

This excerpt, from a personal letter, is what, Atheist and other's, "thus building a wall of separation between Church & State", use as their authority to violate the rights of Christians in this country. Taking Prayer out of Public Schools, saying no Public Prayer can invoke the Name of Jesus, and prohibiting Christians from gathering in Public places and Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. There is separation clause contained in the 1st Amendment, and when the Supreme Court makes a decision restricts the free exercise of Religion Rights of any Person, they are in violation their "Oath of Office" to uphold and defend the Constitution.

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What did the Founders mean by Freedom of Speech?

Is it against the law to shout fire in a crowded? Yes, unless there is actually a fire. Seems like in todays society, people are using whatever profane and vulgar language they want, and the Supreme Court has protected that right, under the Free "speech clause" of the 1st Amendment, while at the same time, they violating the " free exercise of Religion" clause" of Christians, by prohibiting them from praying in Jesus Name in public at any State approved meeting on in any Government Facility. Of course, you can still speak the Name of Jesus, as long as its used as a profanity or swear word. The Founders opened every meeting of the Legislators with a Prayer that ended "in Jesus Name", Congress still opens every session with a Prayer today, more from tradition, than an actual faith in God.

Freedom of the Press

A free press, having the ability to write negative articles about our elected leaders, without fear of reprisal from the government, is essential for the survival of a free society. Unfortunately, most of our newspapers and TV networks are so Biased in there reporting, CNN, Fox News, and News Max and figure that the Truth is somewhere in the middle. Same with newspapers, read the New York Times and The New York Post both to figure out the Truth.

Rights to peacefully assemble, and to Petition the Government for a redress of grievances

This does not mean you can go around burning up both Public and Private property; like Police Stations, Fire Stations, other Government Buildings, and privately owned Businesses. It also does not give you the right to loot those buildings, as was happening the entire summer of 2020. You can go to your State Capital, or even Washington D. C. and peacefully assemble to protest what if disagree with the legislation they are proposing is wrong. the right to peacefully assemble, and to petition the for a redress of grievances.

Conclusions I have Made

Although it was not my intention offend, I am sure that their are those who will read this article will, in fact, take offense. To those people, I offer my sincerest apologies. God tells us that He will Judge the unrighteous Nations of the World. Even a quick look at history will show that He has done so in the past, and their is every reason to expect His judgement in the future. He used the United States and its allies to judge Adolf Hitler, Nazi Germany; Benito Mussolini, Italian Prime Minister; Emperor Hirohito, Japan; and the leadership of the Nations that allied themselves with the Axis power. My fear now is, in the age of nuclear weapons, and the exporters of terrorism trying acquire them, what weapons will God use to judge a world that has rejected Him, and His Son, Jesus? My only comfort is that I have read Revelations, and I know who will, in the end, be victorious.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 Joseph Barrow

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