I’ve had it with the Left’s perversion of the U. S. Constitution’s First Amendment into a freedom from religion instead of what the Founding Fathers meant it to be — the freedom to believe in God.
In the United States, our religious civil liberties are guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law respecting the 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.”
Under the Constitution, therefore, the treatment of religion by the government is broken into two clauses: the establishment clause and the free exercise clause.
The “Establishment Clause,” stating that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” is generally read to prohibit the Federal government from establishing a national church (“religion”) or excessively involving itself in religion, particularly to the benefit of one religion over another. [Source]
But increasingly, the establishment clause is interpreted to mean the absolute “separation of church and state” — a phrase that is not in the Constitution but instead derived from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to Danbury Baptists. In that letter, referencing the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Jefferson writes:
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.
Jefferson’s “separation of church and state” in turn is perverted by atheists/leftists to mean the government should discourage and be downright hostile toward the American people’s free exercise and free expression of our religious beliefs.
That is exactly what happened to a group of senior citizens in the small Georgia town of Port Wentworth near Savannah.
The Associated Press reports on May 11, 2010, that the organization Senior Citizens, Inc., which provides meals at a senior citizens center in Port Wentworth told the elderly citizens who visit the center that it would violate federal rules for them to pray out loud before meals. They are asked instead to observe a moment of silence.
The organization’s rationale? — The meals are partially paid for with federal funds.
The mayor of Port Wentworth, Glenn Jones, said he’s outraged that people would be told they “can’t thank God for their food.”
These senior citizens should make a federal case out of this on the grounds that their being told they couldn’t pray out loud violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Whereas the First Amendment secures the free exercise of religion, section one of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits discrimination, including on the basis of religion, by securing “the equal protection of the laws” for every person:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the Unites States, nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
By telling the elderly they must refrain from praying out loud, Senior Citizens Inc. is abridging their First Amendment right to their free exercise of religion.
As for the senior citizens, there’s a lesson here for you — and for all of us:
When we allow government to intrude increasingly into our lives by bribing us with free taxpayer-subsidized meals and other “free” stuff, we are also surrendering our freedom, piece by piece. Government starts telling us what we can or cannot do. Is a free meal at the seniors’ center worth the price of your soul?