Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Constitution of the United States of America Amendment I

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.

Read it again! Notice Congress is the only one that can violate this amendment. It can violate it by making laws. The amendment tells us which laws it may not make.

There is no way an individual citizen can violate the first amendment unless he is a member of congress.

All of the new states of the United States except three had state religions. They had had them for over a hundred years and continued to have them for many more years.

The three States were Rhode Island, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

The Courts have since ruled that any government, however small, State, County, City, School board or any one in authority may not legislate either to establish or prohibit.

In any case an individual citizen cannot violate the first amendment.

However, individuals have been intimidated so that they think they can violate this amendment. It was written to protect individuals.

1 comment:

Desert Pete said...

Excellent analysis!! First Amendment rights to not end at the school house door.