A religious test...
Friday, July 15, 2016
So, last night, at a Bastille Day celebration, some madman rammed into families in Nice, France. I am so very, very sorry.
What is the response? Get rid of all Muslims in America. Thanks, Newt Gingrich. When we start listening to Newt Gingrich, we have REAL problems in America. To say that this is the answer that ISIL wants, is an understatement. They want a war, and this kind of rhetoric, plays directly into their hands. We must stand tall, independent and strong.
This is against our Constitution. Remember that Constitution? We just celebrated our independence, and our Constitution is a masterful document.
What are the facts about the "Separation of Church and State"?
The idea of the "Separation of Church and State", was instigated by Thomas Jefferson, our third President, one of the authors of our Constitution, and one of the smartest men that ever led our Country. Jefferson, a noted skeptic and Unitarian (I am a Unitarian...it is a humanist based faith, and pretty much, with humanity and not God is it's creed) fought hard to keep religion separate from the business of the United States, while writing the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The "Separation of Church and State" was NEVER a part of the constitution, but is thought to be a basic part of the "Establishment Clause" in the constitution.
The first part of the "Establishment Clause" in the First Amendment to the Constitution, limits the United States Congress from passing legislation to establish any religion. The second half of the Establishment Clause prohibits the government from preferring any one religion over another.
Because the "Separation of Church and State" was NOT written in the constitution, saying that it is a "constitutional right" isn't correct. It was clarified and decided on by the Supreme Court, appointed by FDR. The case came to the court in 1947 "Emerson vs. the Board of Education", where public money was transporting kids to private Catholic schools. That was found to be unconstitutional, and the fight has been raging since then. There have been other cases, but they have mostly supported this original decision.
The only other mention of something similar in the Constitution, is Article Six which provides that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States". Prior to the adoption of the Bill of Rights, this was the only mention of religion in the Constitution.
Thomas Jefferson, made sure it was mentioned, and agreed upon, that there was no religious component in our Constitution. He continued to fight for this clear demarcation for his whole life. That is just what the GOP right wing is trying to abolish -- the Constitution, and that 1947 Supreme Court decision.
I will fight for the right for everyone to have a personal religion. When it gets mixed up in the political process, or in government, is when I have a problem with it.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
I am on the same side as Thomas Jefferson. Hope you are too.