The First Amendment Turned Upside-Down

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men

The purpose of government is to secure, not take away (!), our God-given (Creator-endowed) rights.

And a mere fourteen (14) months after that Declaration was signed, the Congress of the United States of America moved to import 20,000 copies of the Bible.

And ten years after that, when a number of states expressed that the new Constitution did not go far enough to restrict the government and prevent abuses, the response was 10 amendments to further restrict the government and therefore further secure our God-given (Creator-endowed) rights. Those 10 amendments are called the “Bill of Rights” for that reason.

Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

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.

The Congress is constitutionally prohibited from making any law respecting an establishment of religion.

Note that establishment of religion is prohibited, but endorsement of religion is not.

The same Congress that passed the first amendment on on September 25th, 1789 was the same Congress that days later asked President George Washington to “recommend to the People of the United States, a Day of public Thanksgiving and Prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful Hearts the many and signal Favors of Almighty GOD”.

The Congress is constitutionally prohibited from making any law that prohibits the free exercise of religion.

Rather than our government securing our God-given right to freedom of religious exercise and expression, our government is actively and unconstitutionally taking away those rights.

These soldiers have every Constitutional right to hand out Bibles. And the military regulation against proselytizing is itself an unconstitutional regulation. The government of the United States of America does not have the right to tell a citizen of the United States, military or civilian, that they cannot hand out Bibles.  Quite to the contrary, in our founders’ day, the government of the United States of America voted to import 20,000 Bibles.

Again, what these soldiers were doing was not unconstitutional. Our Constitution does not prohibit proselytizing. What is unconstitutional was the confiscation and destruction of these Bibles. Our constitution prohibits is government interference in the free exercise of religion. The soldiers rights (to hand out these Bibles) are protected by the first amendment, and those rights have been violated.

As a further illustration that the Bill of Rights was about restricting the government, and not about restricting the people, look at the third and fourth amendments:

Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Those amendments were to keep the government out of your house, but NOT to keep you from leaving your house! The “wall of separation” is only a one-way wall… to restrict the government, not the citizen! The government is restricted from coming in, but the citizen is not restricted from going out.

It’s the same way with the first amendment… the government is restricted from interfering with the religious activities of the people, but the people are not restricted in what religious activities they can perform.

The meaning of the First Amendment has been turned upside-down, and now our own government is confiscating and destroying Bibles. Insane.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…

Those who can’t handle the truth,
try to silence those who speak it.

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See Also:
God, Moses, Crosses and the Bible in Our Capitol Building

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5 Responses to The First Amendment Turned Upside-Down

  1. Commonsensus says:

    Maybe I am wrong, and first appearances can be deceiving, but do you honestly follow this:

    And ten years after that, when a number of states expressed that the new Constitution did not go far enough to restrict the government and prevent abuses, the response was 10 amendments to further restrict the government and therefore further secure our God-given (Creator-endowed) rights. Those 10 amendments are called the “Bill of Rights” for that reason.

    If this is the case, then you need to study your history more so as not completely lose the context of what is being said in your statement. Also, if you knew more about history, you would know that the Bibles were imported for one main reason; they were not printed here. They also imported spices and many other items. Just because they imported Bibles does not mean they intended to force everyone into Christianity and establish a precedent that everyone should read and heed the Bible everyday, and more importantly promote a “Christian” nation.

    What most Christians refuse to acknowledge is that the Bible is a fair to midland history book, which has been proven time and time again to be factually historically inaccurate. Most of what is in the Bible existed in texts long before Judaism or Christianity reared it’s often ugly head; to wit, the Story of Gilgamesh.

    I wonder, how many of the religious right believe that since we have done it best, believes that the United States invented Democracy? to go right along with the “christian” values and ethics? Get a grip…..

  2. Commonsensus Says:
    October 23, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Maybe I am wrong

    Yes, you are wrong. I never, ever said “they intended to force everyone into Christianity”. And “forcing everyone into Christianity” is not what I seek, either.

    You’re also way off base to even think the United States is a “Democracy”. It’s not.

  3. Alabama Buzzer says:

    As Ben Franklin told an inquirer of what did they give the citizens, a ‘republic’ lady if you can keep it. A Democracy is little more than a beauty contest with votes being easily swayed either emotionally, physically, or monetarily.
    Commonsensus, it is you that needs more schooling and from the original sources. Or you could choose the red pill or the blue pill, your choice.

  4. When it comes to the Founders and the Constitution, David Barton knows orders of magnitude more than Jon Stewart.

    Jon Stewart threw every straw man (that his staff gave him on note cards) that he could at David Barton, and Barton knocked every single one of those straw men down. Barton has spent decades studying thousands of primary source documents. Stewart has spent minutes, possibly hours, studying the note cards his staff gave him. It was no contest. Every time Stewart threw a false accusation at Barton, Barton countered with the truth. And every time, Stewart would interrupt Barton’s answer. Stewart could only crack a joke or change the subject; he couldn’t have a straight-up discussion of the truth.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-may-4-2011/david-barton-pt–1

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-may-4-2011/david-barton-pt–2

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-may-4-2011/exclusive—david-barton-extended-interview-pt–1

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-may-4-2011/exclusive—david-barton-extended-interview-pt–2

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-may-4-2011/exclusive—david-barton-extended-interview-pt–3

    I would love to see a similar discussion between David Barton and “Constitutional Law” lecturer Barack Obama.

    When it comes to the Founders and the Constitution, David Barton knows orders of magnitude more than Barack Obama.

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