The First Amendment to the United States Constitution reads:
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.
Today June 21, 2014 marks the beginning of a Fortnight for Freedom as called for by the Bishops of the United States. They felt compelled to do so because of the continuing overreach of the Federal Government and its unconstitutional intrusions into public and private life.
The courts have been a battleground for over forty years now in the ongoing battle to keep religion out of Public Schools, Public Places such as Courthouses and out of Public Meetings. Unfortunately nearly 100% of the cases involve keeping Christianity out of these places.
Newsflash: Christianity Is Not A Specific Religion!
Not since before the split of the Church into the Eastern and Western branches could anyone claim that Christianity is a specific religion. With the Protestant Reformation Christian Sects were Fruitful and Multiplied. Today the multiplication of the sects rivals the multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes by Christ with now over 40,000 different sects claiming the moniker Christian.
The Church established by Christ in 33 A.D. was unified until 1053 A.D when the Great Schism occurred. Since the Constitution of the United States was written in 1787 A.D. , a full 734 years later, the writers obviously were not talking about the first Christian Church in the world. The Protestant Reformation in 1517 resulted in the Lutheran Church being created in Germany. However the writers of the Constitution were not from Germany, they were Colonists of the British Empire living in the New World. At the time of the writing of the Constitution, the Anglican Church, as founded by Henry VIII, was the Official Church of England.
The writers were all too familiar with the problems of an Official State Church. It was another means to discriminate against and control people. They realized that True Freedom involves freedom to participate in the activities outlined in the First Amendment without government interference of any kind. The establishment clause prohibits a Christian Sect, like Anglicanism, Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism or The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints from becoming the Official Faith of the Land! It also prohibits any law from being enacted that interferes with members practicing their faith.
When courts rule that a Christmas Play performed in a Public School featuring Angels and the Christ Child violates the First Amendment because it promotes the Christian Religion, I have to ask, which Christian Religion do they mean? The ones who promote these types of activities or the ones who don’t! Some Christian Sects have forbidden celebrating Christmas in any way because they deemed it unseemly for such a Sacred Event.
When the government requires that all employers provide Contraception as part of their Healthcare Insurance Plans it violates the First Amendment in two ways:
First it violates the Free Exercise of Religion for those who see Contraception as against God’s Law according to their faith.
Second it violates the Establishment Clause by implementing a law that promulgates Contraception as a Choice – a belief now adopted by many Main Line Churches. As such the law is aiding and abetting these churches in their doctrine.
As it now stands the government of the United States is picking and choosing which Christian Churches it approves of. Soon it will get around to the Jewish, Muslim and other faith sects for their approval.
The First Amendment is perfectly clear in what it means. A Fifth Grade History Lesson would clarify it even more for anyone. But this is apparently beyond the grasp of many of our Lawmakers and Jurists. It is either beyond their grasp or they are actively promoting an agenda that seriously limits the freedom of many of the Nation’s citizens.
Such chicanery by the government is why the writers of the Constitution added the Bill of Rights. They were all too familiar with absolute power in anyone’s hands and the damage it can do.
On the United States Council of Catholic Bishops webpage they explain the purpose for this year’s Fortnight and the significance of its timing:
The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2014, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church’s teaching.
The Constitution’s writers knew of these famous martyrs and the many other people who were incarcerated by King George on charges of Heresy. If the United States government successfully enforces the H.H.S. Mandate, will speaking against Abortion and Contraception become Heresy, Sedition or Treason and be punishable under the law in the future?
All people who truly value their freedom must stand up against this latest government tyranny. Whether your Church allows or bans contraception is not the point. The point is stopping the government from taking control of another part of our lives. When was the last time you heard of any government saying it had too much power?
Stand For Freedom! Stand for the Constitution! Stop the government overreach into our lives!