Constitutional Courts

I would like to think that I have made no secret of my being a fundamentalist Christian. I know I haven't come right out and said "All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God", or that without accepting Jesus Christ as your personal lord and saviour you're going to wind up in a literal (and quite nasty) place called hell. Had anyone asked I certainly would have -- unfortunately, like many believers, I'm not always the best at telling the rest of the world. But this is Amerca, and I have that right -- gauranteed by the first amendment. Or so I thought....

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

Pretty simple and straightforward, wouldn't you think? And you know what -- I don't believe any such laws have ever been written. But our beloved Supreme Court, the arm of government set aside to interpret and enforce the Constitution appears to have violated this very statement. Students saying a prayer before a football game in Texas was not only perfectly legal, but a constitutionally guaranteed right of freedom of religion and freedom of speech. But not now. It was a school event, the school is public, and therefor the government, and the government can't promote religion. I suppose next, we won't be able to pray in public parks, or public cemetaries. Our school children won't be able to 'Gather at the Pole' next year either I suppose. Someone needs to remind the court that it is freedom of religion, not freedom from religion -- it is freedom of speech, not freedom from speech. This web page will undoubtedly be viewed and/or passed along through governmental computers at schools, military bases, or governemental research institutes -- Will I be the next to be silenced because somebody doesn't like what I say? I don't like what the Supreme Court said, will they be forced to be silent?

The supreme irony (pun intended) is that the very men who wrote the paragraph above were typically men of God. They were the ones who began thier governmental sessions after word of prayer -- they were the ones who made our motto 'In God we trust'.

Just remember, 1984 was 16 years ago....

Elian Again