Criminalizing Free Speech and Religion

THURSDAY 7-03-08…So far this week, we have examined laws enacted by various states that fly in the face of rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights established as part of the U.S. Constitution. Late last week, the U.S. Supreme Court laid to rest the right contained in the Second Amendment regarding an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. The high court made it abundantly clear that the right of gun ownership shall not be infringed. Exactly as the Constitution states.

 What about the right of religious freedom? It states that the government shall not prevent the free exercise thereof. It also states “free speech shall not be abridged.

Ah…but the ACLU says when a religious person enters the public square, that person loses the right of free exercise of religion and free speech. The Constitution doesn’t say that. Politicians and activist judges and the ACLU have come to that conclusion….but the Constitution doesn’t read that way.

 In Oregon, SB2 has been passed and signed into law over the objections of a majority of the electorate. SB2 is part of a package of bills approved by lawmakers which created “lookalike same-sex marriages” along with other special rights for certain people.

A group calling itself “Restore America” is but one of the Oregon groups working on petition plan which would put the matter before the voters. However, the Oregon Supreme Court refused to make a decision on the wording of the petition to repeal SB2….and time ran out for collecting the required signatures from 100,000 voters.

 Craig Myers is a spokesman for the group and says it’s even more alarming to consider that the homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and cross-dresser privileges now enshrined in Oregon law criminalizes free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of conscience and other basic rights and civil liberties guaranteed in our U.S. Constitution.

And that’s why I said at the beginning of this week….maybe now is the time to challenge these attempts to over ride the freedoms laid out in the Bill of Rights. Gun Owners of America and the Nat’l Rifle Association did…and won!

 

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4 Responses

  1. Speech in America is not and perhaps never was free!

    Ask Ward Churchill, Martin Luther King, Jeremiah Wright, Barrack Obama. One may speak whatever is In their heart and mind in every country of the world; that right is afforded to all through being born. No Government gave anyone this right, nor can they take it away. However, there will be consequences! The core message of Mr. Wright’s sermon, which contained the condemnation “God damn America” is an accurate dipiction of the America we all know; having the audacity to speak it is where the problem arises; just ask Barrack Obama!
    Martin Luther King lived long enough to speak out against America’s involvement in Vietnam- then he was silenced.

    This is nothing new! In our silent heart of hearts we know that the challenging of the system by one who is in a position to be heard by many, especially when the world is listening is literally taking your life into your hands.

    In fact, The Constitution is merely a piece of paper with words because those who are in a position to imprison those who refuse to defend it -won’t themselves abide by it.

    So I believe that the system is not broke, it is functioning the way it was built to function. I for one, have no confidence, faith, or hope in it and the sooner I can separate myself from its hypocrisy the better. By the way, it is no better elsewhere in the world- especially since America dictates to the rest of the world.

  2. You say “the sooner I can separate myself from its
    (the Constitution’s) hypocrisy, the better.” Just out of curiousity, how do you plan to do that?

  3. Re: “America dictates to the rest of the world/”

    What utter and complete nonsense. That statement is so demonstrably and patently false it amazes me someone could be so ignorant as to actually make it.

    The USA, like any other country, has interests and diplomats who promote those interests. The notion that countries throughout the rest of the world allow themselves to be dictated to by the US is absolutely ridiculous. It is a notion is so bizarre, twisted and so completely at odds with reality as to be astounding.

  4. By the way, it seems to me Obama has spoken quite freely, even in Oregon! So freely as to have made a successful campaign to win the Democratic Party nomination. It seems to me he has done very well and has spoken his mind without fear or any coercion from Ira William’s fictional America. It seems to me Obama has done quite well with the protections and rights delineated “in a piece of paper”

    Some Americans, such as myself, do not think much of Obama’s ability or message, but we certainly would not want to silence him. In fact, I find him quite articulate and believe his voice, and those of his surrogates and supporters should be heard. Loud and clear and often. In fact, think Obama’s views and those of Reverend Right and Ira Williams should be repeated ad nauseum. Their words should be drilled into the American psyche, Americans should know — and need to know — what these people think.

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