What the First Amendment really states
Here we go again with the old myth and ignorance of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Apparently, most people don’t bother to read the Amendment, or if they do, they read into it what they want. For those who can’t, or don’t want to, understand, the Amendment states that “Congress,” and that is the U.S. Congress, “shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …” The U.S. Congress is the only entity prohibited from establishing a religion, according to the First Amendment. In fact, in the early days of the Republic even some states had a state religion. Apparently, the people of those days could read better that many can now. Nowhere does the Constitution prohibit schools, cities, or communities in general from exercising the predominant religion of the area.
Elaine Thompson writes that we are not free “to offend, politically, whole segments of the citizenry by disregarding the religious beliefs of those of different faith from ours.” Wow. Where does it say that anyone is not free to offend politically” with respect to religion or anything else? I think that that’s an “Elaineism” with no basis in fact anywhere. If someone is offended because someone else holds a different belief from him and publicly expresses it, the problem is with the one taking offense. Somehow liberalism has made it illegal to offend someone. Freedom of speech actually establishes someone’s right to offend whomever one pleases. If someone is offended, tough. It might not be nice, but it’s not illegal. Liberals offend Christians all the time and no one does anything about it.
Earl W. Elowsky