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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Dessert

"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."
OK, I am not a constitutional lawyer, so can somebody please explain how we turned "Congress shall make no law..." into no nativity scene for Christmas at City Hall, or no displaying the Ten Commandments at a courthouse?

Isn't that sort of "prohibiting the free exercise thereof"?

Just wondering...

RH

4 comments:

Sandra Dee Too said...

The government is to remain neutral in matters of religion.

Post the 10 commandments in your church or home and put up the nativity diplay in the church yard or your own yard. That's more appropriate anyway plus you wouldn't be jumping on the religious reich bandwagon in their attempts to chip away at the Constitution.

There's no purpose for promoting religion in the courtroom or the courthouse yawn except to try and mesh church and state and when that happens bye-bye civil ..hello dark ages.

Retro Housewife said...

Well, I don't see how it erodes the Constitution, as the Constitution clearly states "Congress shall pass no law..". It doesn't say the government should be religion-free - that is an interpretation.

In a government of the people, by the people and for the people, forbidding religious displays anywhere seems to me to be going against the Constitution.

RH

Anonymous said...

The Constitution states that government cannot pass a law abridging the freedom to worship as you please. It doesn't just mean you as Christians. It means everyone Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Atheist, Wiccan, or whatever religion or lack there of you choose. My displaying nativity scenes or the 10 commandments you are infringing on the rights of those who do not practice that faith which the government cannot do. Furthermore it is not an interpretation that we have created separation of church and state the founding fathers intended for us to have a separation. The idea that we are a Christian nation is crazy the founding fathers were Deists and hippies.

Retro Housewife said...

The Constitution says what it says. That was a cut and paste on my part, I didn't make it up. It doesn't really say anything about any religion at all, at least in the part I am referring to.

It seems pretty clear that the display of religious icons etc. is expressly allowed. Just because you don't like it, doesn't mean it ain't so.

RH