Religion and the Constitution

Straight up forward, I am a conservative atheist.  But, I do not have animosities against those who believe in their God.  Religion actually keeps most individuals on the straight path of decency.  The historical aspect of the Inquisition waged a war of doctrines against teachings within the Catholic Church.  Many disillusioned believers chose a protestant sect and were called atheists, even though they believed in God.  Today’s modern definition of the word ‘atheist’ has changed to no belief in a supreme being.

It was various contrived Dogma that appealed to different sects.  If Dogma is the word for some beliefs not in biblical text (such as the words Holy Trinity,) then Kerygma is the written word within biblical text.   Both make individual sects unique and often make good intentioned Christians volatile.   Religious fanaticism often violates the beliefs of others and in turn violates religious freedom.

The constitution is pretty blunt.  It is the interpreter that decides the differences (dogma).  The constitution (kerygma) defines the true meaning and without question infers the Federal government shall not force, create or rule by any religious means. It cannot be a theocracy, as we can see in the Arab ruling world.

Here is the actual verbiage of the First Amendment of the Constitution:

“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.”

There are politically correct quarrels across the U.S. about crosses, mangers, Christmas trees and reciting the pledge of allegiance with the word God.  According to the first amendment it is not a violation as claimed by the ACLU.  The founders knew that progress will change and were smart enough to make the constitution a living document for amending, providing that the basic freedoms of the document remain dominate with changes.

Every person should decide how important the freedom of expression is worth in order to maintain peaceful cohabitation within our cities.  It doesn’t matter what you believe or don’t believe.  You cannot violate the freedom of another because you don’t agree.  We can only make a difference if we follow the one humane rule of life; do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.  This one rule is the primary link for a prospering society.


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