MONDAY 6-30-08 …The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the right to keep and bear arms has sent shock waves throughout the Liberal community. But it shouldn’t have. Author Hal Lindsay says “This isn’t difficult to understand. What was difficult to understand was that anybody ever found it difficult to understand.” The court ruled that the Constitution means the same thing today that it did when it was enacted back in 1791. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Now the question has been settled and it should be time for the Supreme Court to tackle another issue which has made a mockery of the Constitution: Freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. The first freedom of the First Amendment reads like this: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof. There is nothing in that First Amendment, nor anywhere else in our Constitution that provides freedom from religion.
So, how has this issue made a mockery of our Constitution? One only has to look at Colorado’s Senate Bill 200 which passed and was signed into law. During debate on the bill, Cathryn Hazouri, executive director of the ACLU, in testimony given before the Colorado House Judiciary Committee said “One may practice one’s religion in private; however, once a religious person comes into the public arena, there are limitations in how the expression of their religion impacts others.”
Whoa! There is nothing in the Constitution restricting the expression of religion depending on how it impacts others. It says “nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The Constitution says what it means, and means what it says. Constitutionally, the free exercise of religion cannot be prohibited….and I think it’s about time this issue landed squarely in the hands of the U S Supreme Court so it, too, can be put to rest, just as the gun ownership issue has been.
In tomorrow’s report, we’ll take a closer look of another mockery of the Constitution; Freedom of Speech.