First Amendment Myths.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the First Amendment, especially the “Religious” clause. Some seek to silence religion and use the fictitious claim of “Separation of Church and State clause”. There is no such thing. America has had this shoved down our throats for so long the majority actually believes this now. The First Amendment clearly states, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.. as in no State sanctioned church, or one over the other; and shall not prohibit the free exercise thereof. The free exercise of any religion, on any corner, at any time, at any place. Government cannot tell you where or how to express your religion or religious views. The Constitution provides protection for those who do not practice religion or religious beliefs as much as it provides protection for those who do practice their religious beliefs. The Constitution does not infringe on either side but protects the rights of both. It does not give either one the right to silence the other. Therefore the freedom of speech was protected as well in that same Amendment. There is no such animal as “Separation of Church and State”, that was taken totally out of context from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote in response to the concerns of the Danbury Baptist Convention. They were concerned that the religious clause was even in the Constitution giving the Government the power to give that right, the Government could also take it away. Jefferson just simply said this was a restriction to keep Government from infringing that right. Thereby erecting a wall between Church and State.