Fact: "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 grievance." Amendments to The Constitution of the United States of America, Article 1.
Do we have confidence that our government is actively preserving, protecting and defending our First Amendment? Our redress of grievance may or may not go all the way to our Supreme Court only to be met with questionable results. But that's another column. I will attempt to address how well our government has actually preserved, protected and defended our First Amendment.
The men who constructed the Constitution believed as follows:
"And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever." Thomas Jefferson.
"I've lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We've been assured in the sacred writing that unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel." Benjamin Franklin.
"The bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts." John Jay, First Chief-Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
"We are a Christian people ... not because the law demands it, not to gain exclusive benefits or to avoid legal disabilities, but from choice and education; and in a land thus universally Christian, what is to be expected, what desired, but that we shall pay due regard to Christianity?" Senate Judiciary Committee Report, Jan. 19, 1853.
With the above fervent beliefs, our founders brought forth our nation with a Constitution which forbade the establishment of a religion and a guarantee to freedom of speech. Infallible wisdom from men most fallible.
It's most interesting that at the time the Constitution was adopted at least seven states had already established a state wide religion: Connecticut, Congregational; Maryland, Christian; New Hampshire, Protestant. Whoops -- If they sign on to the proposed Constitution they would have to open their door to Methodists. Unconscionable. Just a jest, but please note: all of the afore mentioned state religions are of biblical faith.
In 1948, a flim-flam man ran for the U.S. Senate in Texas. According to many historians, he won the race by massive voter fraud. In 1954, besieged by two non-profit anti-Communist groups, Senator "Landslide" Lyndon Johnson proposed a change to the IRS code that prohibited non-profits, including churches, from endorsing or opposing candidates for political office. Congress, as asleep then as now, passed the regulation.
In the past few years, with "legal" political persuasion, our government, through the IRS, has threatened churches with the loss of their non-tax status whenever they spoke out against a particular politician or a piece of legislation.
Yes, good ole' LBJ, who almost single handedly lost the war in Vietnam, passed federal regulation, to not only silence freedom of speech but instigate the heathen assault now known as "separation of church and state." Anti-Christian philosophy is at the helm of the ship of state.
Protect, preserve and defend? Fifty-nine years have passed and no one we've sent to Washington, D.C. has a clue. Federal HR 235, was introduced Jan. 4, 2005, to remove this unconstitutional regulation but has remained unresolved for eight years.
For those of you who slept through your high school American History class, or those who stayed awake and never learned anything past Bunker Hill, I heartily recommend "The 5,000 Year Leap," by W. Cleon Skousen or, you can just go back to sleep. Baa, baa, baa.