Is Religious Freedom Dead?

While the ACLU has not actually filed suit to  to have all military cross-shaped headstones removed and another suit to end prayer from the military completely, they continue to reference such acts in other cases they are pursuing, in which they believe violations of the 1st Amendment are committed. Unfortunately, their 1st Amendment suits are making great progress. The Navy Chaplains can no longer mention Jesus’ name in prayer thanks to the wretched ACLU and our new administration.

I think it is unfair that only Christians are kept from worshipping their God or displaying their religious symbols while many other faiths are not only allowed to express themselves religiously but provided with special facilities and rooms in government buildings to do so. I think Christians deserve equal treatment under the law based on simple logic, simple fairness and common sense, regardless of the supposed need to separate church and state.

Did you ever wonder how this concept of “separation of church and state” began in the first place? It began with some attorneys who happened to be judges on the US Supreme Court who believed that they knew more than the majority of Americans and our nation’s founders. They didn’t even base their initial decision that started the ball rolling on case law – they based in on the statement of Thomas Jefferson made in a letter to a Baptist organization that simply wanted to be assured that their country would not impose a state religion on them. Jefferson assured them that they were safe and spoke of a “wall of separation.” But these justices initiated a philosophy based on that letter and that phrase that had nothing to do with the concept that Jefferson was attempting to convey.

Their proposal of the separation of church and state and totally disregarded Jefferson’s meaning and used it to abrogate and abandon the freedom of religion as guaranteed by the 1st Amendment. Instead the decision supported the right of people to prevent others from exercising their freedom of religion by implying that their doing so somehow took that freedom away from others who did not agree with them. What type of poppycock is that anyway? That’s like saying that if I love you as a friend my love prevents someone else from loving you as a sibling or a child or a spouse. It is preposterous. Those arrogant justices set themselves up as being more brilliant than those who came before them and more able to judge the unexpressed intentions of the founders of this country more correctly than any other individuals or group of people in this land. In effect, they claimed a position of social prominence, intellectual superiority and elite status to which that the people in this country were promised they would not be subjected.

Is it not time that we simply said “Stop?” “No more!” You are not more intelligent. You do not have greater understanding, knowledge and wisdom than those who came before you or, for that matter, than your contemporaries in the myriad of other jobs, skills and professions in this great land. You are no better than the rest of us and you do not get to be the kings of this country or claim that only you are qualified to judge the law or define reason.

Men and women should not have to be lawyers to be qualified to be judges. Men and women do not have to be lawyers to possess superior intellectual ability. Men and women do not have to be lawyers to have and use common sense. Men and women do not have to be lawyers to have superior reasoning ability and make intelligent decisions. There is no discipline in the world that lawyers naturally understand better than those who are not lawyers. Then why is it that only lawyers get to be our judges? Isn’t it time we just said “NO” to this legal tyranny?

God bless those who fought and sacrificed their lives to protect our rights. Do not let them be stripped of the honor, solace and consideration that is given to them by the simple display of the symbols of their religion after they have given the “last full measure” of everything they could possibly give for all of us. Do not permit the smug arrogance of those who claim that they know best what to do simply because they have studied law to strip these honored heroes who can no longer fight for themselves because they fought for us of their dignity and religious beliefs which our country guaranteed them while they lived. They deserve to have their religious freedom just as much we, the living, deserve to have ours. Stop the insanity that reigns in our land. Stop the elitists from vanquishing both their UNalienable rights and ours.

Copyright 2009 Kellene Bishop. All rights reserved.  You are welcome to repost this information so long as it is credited to Kellene Bishop.

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