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Congress shall make no law respecting an (1)establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or (2)abridging the freedom of speech, or (3)of the press; or the (4)right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to (5)petition the government for a redress of grievances.
What does the First Amendment do?
The restriction is placed on government…..”Congress shall make no law…” It keeps Government out of these things. The restriction is not upon the people.
Separation of Church is not worded here.
The First Amendment says that Congress cannot make a law the establishes a religion or restricts the free exercise of religion, that abridges the freedom of speech or the press, that limits the right of people to peaceably assemble, or to petition to government for a redress of grievances.
There is nothing in any of our founding documents that establishes the separation of church and state. The Supreme Court took a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to Danbury Baptist Church, in which he mentioned the separation of church and state and used in improperly to say that government must be secular and can have nothing to do with religion.
This ruling has been used to ban anything Christian from the public forum. Nothing Christian can be mentioned in our schools unless it is to denigrate it. Islam can be and is promoted, but not Christianity.
The reason for the first protection in the First Amendment was to ensure that there was no state religion that all citizens were forced to be part of. This was the way it was in Europe at that time. It was not to limit the practice of religion, even in government functions, it was to ensure that citizens could practice their religion in all spheres of life, including in the public sphere, which includes the government.
We learned that Islam does not allow the freedom of religion. Their scriptures are clear on this. If you are not submitted to Allah, then Muslims are to terrorize you and kill you.
Surah 9:5 Fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war.
Surah 8:12 …I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.”
Surah 9:29 Fight those who believe not in Allah….even if they are the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and fell themselves subdued.
If you become a Muslim, you can never leave Islam. If you do, you are to be killed.
Surah 4:89 – If they turn back, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them…
Surah 16:106-109 Any one who , after accepting faith in Allah, utters Unbelief, except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in Faith-but such as open their breast to Unbelief, on them is Wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a dreadful Penalty…..Without doubt, in the Hereafter they will perish.
The founding fathers did not expect for the freedom of religion to be absolute. Patrick Henry, the statesman from Virginia, coined the phrase “the color of religion”. He produced a proposal for Articles 15 and 16 for the Virginia Bill of Rights. The proposal reads:
“That no free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to Justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles. That religion, or the duty we owe to our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, and not by force or violence; and, therefore, that all men should enjoy the fullest toleration in the exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience, unpunished and unrestrained by the magistrates, unless, under the color of religion, any man disturb the peace, the happiness, or the safety of society; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity toward each other.”
The final edition that made it into The Virginia Bill of Rights did not contain the exception clause “under the color of religion…” It is my guess that it was obvious and therefore considered irrelevant. Article 16 in the Virginia Bill of Rights reads:
“16. That religion, or the duty which we owe to our CREATOR, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity, towards each other.”
Although the part about the color of religion did not make it into the US Constitution, it did make it into the Maryland constitution:
“That as it is the duty of every man to worship God in such manner as he thinks most acceptable to Him, all persons are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty; wherefore, no person ought by any law to be molested in his person or estate, on account of his religious persuasion, or profession, or for his religious practice, unless, under the color of religion,he shall disturb the good order, peace or safety of the State, or shall infringe the laws of morality, or injure others in their natural, civil or religious rights; nor ought any person to be compelled to frequent, or maintain, or contribute, unless on contract, to maintain, any place of worship, or any ministry;nor shall any person, otherwise competent, be deemed incompetent as a witness, or juror, on account of his religious belief; provided, he believes in the existence of God, and that under His dispensation such person will be held morally accountable for his acts, and be rewarded or punished therefore either in this world or in the world to come.“
They knew that there were religions that were harmful to others and anti-Christian. The limitations on religious freedom, like all other freedoms, ends when it starts to infringe on the rights of others.
While the freedom of religion allows evangelizing others, it does not allow coercion or force to bring others into one’s religion. It is also important to note that this freedom does not allow the infringement of the laws of morality or the injury of others in their exercise of their rights.
If the right to freedom of religion were seen in the same light as the founders saw it, Islam would be illegal in America. It doesn’t take much research to see that wherever Islam rules, the freedoms protected in our Constitution are not just infringed upon, they are non-existent.
There is a strong case for the fact that the founders use of the word “religion” referenced Christian denominations, not other religions like Islam or Buddhism. They saw the different denominations within Christianity as different religions.
The reason this principle of limitation was not put in the First Amendment is that they had other laws to protect the rights of life and property. They felt it would be redundant to add it again here.
Let’s sum up this part on the freedom of religion. Muhammad did not want his followers to have the right to choose their religion. He wanted his religion to control every aspect of people’s lives. The whole idea of Islam is submission. Remember, that is what Islam means. The name Muslim means the surrendered one. He demanded absolute obedience to him in all things, after all, he claimed to be Allah’s last and greatest prophet.
Freedom of any kind is anathema to an Islamic state. There cannot even be freedom of thought. Everything must conform to the precepts of Islamic law.
Islam is an enemy of everything we value here in the West. It is true that not every Muslim is guilty of trying to impose Islam in this nation. Most of the Muslims in this nation have come here to get away from the tyranny of Islam.
Our goal in this series is to show that Muslims are not our enemy, but Islam is. Islam is dangerous to our values and way of life.