What has bothered me for decades about the Supreme Court is, they seem to get one part of the US Constitution wrong. They finally reversed themselves the other day and got it right.
Folks, the First Amendment grants you Freedom OF Religion…not Freedom FROM Religion!
But before we start celebrating too much, we have to look into the case a little further because it wasn’t a slam dunk for religion. The vote was 7-2 on the High Court, which tells you that two people really didn’t get enough education in their Constitutional Law classes. And, it doesn’t have anything to do with people actually erecting a cross or other religious symbol on government land. This one said basically that the 100 year old monument that was on government land, was different than actually building a new cross or other religious symbol. They came up with the conclusion that this particular incident doesn’t conflict with ” the Constitution’s prohibition on the government favoring one religion over others.”
Actually, the Constitution doesn’t say that.
The First Amendment…for those of you that skipped out on Civics Class in the 9th grade says, “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. “
Where the Supreme Court has misread this for decades is that “respecting an establishment of religion” doesn’t mean you can’t erect religious icons and symbols on government property. It means you cannot establish one religion as the “official” religion of the United States. You have a freedom to choose to worship in the manner that you wish, and the government isn’t going to force you in any way to take that away from you. That seems to be what the Supreme Court has missed all of these years. Just putting up a cross on a government square, or the Ten Commandments inside a courthouse doesn’t constitute the support of Christianity any more than if someone were to put the Star of David up in a city hall would mean that the town only celebrates Judaism. Or, say, Dearborn, Michigan, where Islam is the prevalent religion, putting up a crescent moon with a star inside doesn’t mean that a Catholic can’t live there and worship freely.
Now, the ruling by this High Court, is a step in the right direction, but they aren’t there entirely. You can’t favor one religion over another by making it the “official religion”, but you can certainly can show various religious symbols. That wouldn’t violate the First Amendment.
Sometimes, thanks to liberal snowflakes mostly, we in this country get pigeon-holed into believing you can’t piss anyone off, you can’t say anything contrary, and you can’t go against anyone’s personal belief (unless you’re conservative and liberals don’t like what you say). That’s hogwash. We’ve become a nation of mamby-pamby’s all because people get too “offended” at the least little thing. If you’re offended by a Star of David, don’t look at it. If you’re not Jewish and it bothers you, the problem isn’t with the Star of David…the problem is that YOU have the problem. If you’re not Jewish, the Star of David doesn’t mean squat to you, so why should it bother you…just like if you’re not Christian, the cross or the Ten Commandments don’t mean anything to you, so why are you bothered?
It’s time this country did something absolutely right…rather than ban religious symbols of any kind (especially Christian), why don’t we ban liberals? Move ’em all to California and build a wall extending from Mexico to Canada!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!