We have a First Amendment.
It’s cute how it gets interpreted by different organizations.
You know, with the “War on Christianity” and all that has gone into that. Turns out the “War on Christianity” and the “War on Christmas” are the only wars conservatives are against.
They love real, people killing war.
They love the War on Drugs and the incarcerations that came with it.
They love almost any war I can think of except for the one that doesn’t really exist. And it never has.
Liberals are not trying to take away the right of Christians to practice their religion. And political correctness has not gone so far that it has infringed on a person’s rights to practice their religion.
That argument is a distraction from what is really going on.
Let’s get the text.
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.
Side note: Government cannot prohibit the press as part of free speech. Corporations are now people. They can limit speech as money is their form of communication. Money always wins. Especially when money is what people believe in most.
Corporate news tells you what they want to hear. Thank you Citizen’s United.
So what Ted Cruz and Bill O’Reilly and all the other insanely greedy people when it comes to speech and religion don’t seem to understand is that just because you have money and you believe in something, does not mean you get a larger say in how your religion is represented.
Freedom of religion must include freedom from religion.
Donald Trump keeps telling us that we can’t say “Merry Christmas” anymore. Not true. You can say it as an individual of the world. Governments should not be forcing people who don’t believe or care about religion to have this discussion.
I also do not believe that corporations should have Christmas parties. Call it what you like, but you are excluding a decent portion of the population from feeling as if they can celebrate.
And I realize that is a big portion of what church is to many people. It’s an exclusive club in which they know the real meaning of life and they know what’s best for the population.
But you don’t.
It’s called faith for a reason.
Otherwise it would be called proof.
The “War on Christianity” is about as real as the god they believe in. Most people do not have a problem with anybody practicing what they believe on their time as long as it doesn’t harm anybody.
But harming somebody is against the law anyway. Already.
There’s a good portion of atheists who believe indoctrinating young children with religion is harmful. I happen to agree.
If you tell a young child that binding their feet is a good thing, they will do it. This has been proven. It has happened.
I have dinner waiting, so I will bottom line this thing.
Nobody is coming after your religion. Exercise it all you want.
What people are doing is trying to be free from having to have your religion dictate the rules of society.
Exactly what the First Amendment is trying to avoid. At least the way it was written and at least the way Thomas Jefferson wrote about it.
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.
Your religion and your god should never be something I have to hear about or deal with. I’m not interested. And as a United States citizen, I will refrain from all references.
That means the Pledge of Allegiance which was adjusted during the Cold War (WAR!!!).
That means God Bless America which started playing during the Seventh Inning Stretch because of 9/11. And the fear of WAR!!!
That means all of it.
This isn’t a “War on Christianity” this is defending my rights as a human being of this nation.
Turns out I have the same rights as all of you that go to church and rely on faith as a guiding light in spite of cancer and genocide and starving children and AIDS.
Faith is the F word. Period.
So get over yourselves and practice as the Bill of Rights intended.