© July 31, 2009
Leftists have been trying for years to remove symbols of Christianity from public display for years. The lame reason given for this outrage is the Leftist interpretation of the First Amendment to the Constitution.
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. (Cornell University Law School)
The Left has rewritten the meaning of the clause that is written as: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
This disestablishmentarian clause has married to a concept NO WHERE found in the U.S. Constitution; i.e. the concept of Church and State in the sense the government funds (public money) cannot be associated with religion (to the Left this means Christianity). By extension that would mean anything to do with Christian phraseology is prohibited to be part of anything that is publicly funded by taxes (e.g. Court Houses, Public Schools, City Councils and you get the idea).
The Founding Fathers intention by the disestablishmentarian clause is to ensure the government did not establish a State Church in which American citizens were forced to pay taxes to finance that State Church. The intention was NEVER to prevent religion (specifically the Christian religion) from influencing the government.
The judicial fiat that has interpreted the disestablishmentarian clause as “separation of Church and State” ignores the rest of the First Amendment; viz. (Congress shall make no law) “prohibiting the free exercise thereof” (i.e. religion, especially Christianity). The next clause that can be read as (Congress shall make no law) “abridging the freedom of speech” also includes religion; ergo Christian phraseology at public meetings or public works or public buildings cannot be abridged.
“Abridge” according to thefreedictionary.com is defined:
- tr.v. a•bridged, a•bridg•ing, a•bridg•es
1. To reduce the length of (a written text); condense.
2. To cut short; curtail.
[Middle English abregen, from Old French abregier, from Late Latin abbrevi re, to shorten; see abbreviate.]
Verb [abridging, abridged] to shorten a written work by taking out parts [Late Latin abbreviare]
Verb 1. abridge - reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"
abbreviate, foreshorten, shorten, contract, reduce, cut
bowdlerise, bowdlerize, expurgate, castrate, shorten - edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel"
Verb 2. lessen, diminish, or curtail; "the new law might abridge our freedom of expression"
curtail, restrict, curb, cut back - place restrictions on; "curtail drinking in school"
Abridging the exercise of free speech as it pertains to religion (particularly Christianity) should not be shortened or diminished. So whereas the government cannot interfere in religion, the free exercise and expression of religion cannot be prevented for individuals either in government or individuals utilizing government programs (e.g. schools).
I am certain the Leftist Constitutional law experts will cry stare decisis has led to the ever tightening noose on Christian rights; however I have to believe the first case that began the “separation of Church and State” ideology should be reversed. Strict construction interpretation and American history of the use of religion in public should be the actual rule of thumb about interpreting the disestablishmentarian clause.
Now that I got that off my change I found some political humor at The Patriot Update which must have a connection to Townhall.com for the email I received used Townhall mail as its delivery system.
The Patriot Update uses the Ten Commandments of the Bible and rewrites them humorously as “The Ten Commandments According to Obama.”
Now in case you haven’t been to Sunday school in awhile here is a refresher course on the real Ten Commandments:
- 1. You shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s."
The Patriot Update surmises this must be President Barack Hussein Obama’s version of the Ten Commandments:
The Ten Commandments According to Obama
By Patriot Update
Email Sent: July 31, 2009 7:50 AM
After observing Obama on the campaign trail and during his first six months in office, we have concluded that our President lives and governs according to his own set of “Ten Commandments.” They’re certainly NOT the Ten Commandments you learned in Sunday School. In fact, many are the direct opposite! To prove that our conclusions are correct, you will find a link to source documentation for each commandment on the Patriot Update web site.
I. Thou shalt have no God in America, except for me. For we are no longer a Christian nation and, after all, I am the chosen One. (And like God, I do not have a birth certificate.) SOURCE
II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, unless it is my face carved on Mt. Rushmore. SOURCE
III. Thou shalt not utter my middle name in vain (or in public). Only I can say Barack Hussein Obama. SOURCE
IV. Remember tax day, April 15th, to keep it holy. SOURCE
V. Honour thy father and thy mother until they are too old and sick to care for. They will cost our public-funded health-care system too much money. SOURCE
VI. Thou shalt not kill, unless you have an unwanted, unborn baby. For it would be an abomination to punish your daughter with a baby. SOURCE
VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery if you are conservative or a Republican. Liberals and Democrats are hereby forgiven for all of their infidelity and immorality, but the careers of conservatives will be forever destroyed. SOURCE
VIII. Thou shalt not steal, until you've been elected to public office. Only then is it acceptable to take money from hard-working, successful citizens and give it to those who do not work, illegal immigrants, or those who do not have the motivation to better their own lives. SOURCE
IX. Thou shalt not discriminate against thy neighbor unless they are conservative, Caucasian, or Christian. SOURCE
X. Thou shalt not covet because it is simply unnecessary. I will place such a heavy tax burden on those that have achieved the American Dream that, by the end of my term as President, nobody will have any wealth or material goods left for you to covet. SOURCE
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