No. 997



Here is a question that I would like to ask you to ponder with me for a few minutes today. If someone were to ask you, “What does the First Amendment to the United States Constitution say?,” could you answer this person with any degree of certainty? Whether you realize it or not, the First Amendment is a very important part of this Constitution that governs our lives and has a lot to do with the freedoms we enjoy -- freedoms that far too many of us take for granted. For the record, here is what it says, “The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting the establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.” It was adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, as one of the 10 amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.
Now, another question please: “Did you see anything in there about freedom from religion?” Well, I didn’t either and this is the name of an organization based in Madison, Wis., that is doing great harm to our national fabric. This organization, “Freedom From Religion”, has convinced millions of Americans that we cannot have prayer or any mention of Jesus or God in any building or at any event that uses tax money. There is a truism that says, “If you tell a lie long enough and to enough people, over time, many people will believe it.” This is all part of a march on the part of atheists and humanists to have a purely secular society.
The tool they use has come to be known as “Political Correctness” and it is literally destroying the America that millions of us love, fought and died for, and want to leave for our children and grandchildren. To validate what I am saying, and you probably already know that I am telling the truth, here are a few examples from an article written by Michael Snyder for titled, “19 Shocking Examples of How Political Correctness is Destroying America.”
These are not in order and are randomly selected: 1. A student at Sonoma State University was ordered to take off a cross that she was wearing because someone “could be offended.” 2. A teacher in New Jersey was fired for giving his own Bible to a student that did not own one. 3. Volunteer chaplains for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have been banned from using the name Jesus on government property. 4. A high school track team was disqualified earlier this year because one of the runners “made a gesture thanking God” once he crossed the finish line. 5. In San Francisco, authorities have installed small plastic “privacy screens” on library computers so that perverts can continue to exercise their “right” to watch pornography at the library without children being directly exposed to it.
Well, there is much more, but you have the picture. Those of you who have read my column for very long know that I am not controversial by nature, but there comes a time when those of us who are Christian or Godly must speak up or we will lose the great nation that has been preserved for well over two centuries, that we call the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” By using the courts and the law we must “push back” and reclaim the moral high ground that those of us in the older generation can well remember. The First Amendment was placed first in the Bill of Rights for a good reason.
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