By Alden L. Benton
“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.”
Amendment 1 to the United States Constitution
Ratified December 15, 1791
That is the only word to describe the Obama administration’s latest attack on the rights guaranteed in the first amendment.
The amendment is clear and straightforward. When it comes to matters of speech, press, religion, and assembly the government must stay away. Period.
Our duplicitous “law professor” president and his cadre of obtuse dolts and sycophants in the Department of Justice and Health and Human Services just don’t get it. Obviously, they are not smarter than a fifth grader.
LifeSiteNews.com reports that owners of a Colorado business has been given a choice — abandon their faith, or abandon their business.
Last July, Hercules Industries, a Catholic family-owned business in Denver, Colorado, won an injunction against the Health and Human Services (HSS) ObamaCare rule requiring employers to cover contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans. The Newland family sued HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, saying the mandate violated their mutual Catholic faith.
LifeSiteNews.com says Senior Judge John L. Kane of the U.S. District of Colorado, a Carter appointee, ruled this summer that the administration’s claims that government has an interest in promoting access to birth control “are countered, and indeed outweighed, by the public interest in the free exercise of religion.”
However, on September 26, the Department of Justice (DOJ) appealed the ruling to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“On the same day President Obama spoke of religious freedom at United Nations, his Justice Department acted to deny that freedom to small business owners,” said Maureen Ferguson and Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association in a statement e-mailed to LifeSiteNews.com.
“The cost of religious freedom for this family could be millions of dollars per year in fines that would cripple their business and potentially destroy jobs if the administration ultimately has its way,” said Matt Bowman, senior counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom. “In filing its appeal today, the administration sent a clear message that it wants to force families to abandon their faith in order to earn a living. That’s the opposite of religious freedom.”
The rule of law is what makes America a free and prosperous nation. Laws are made to maintain what the Founders called ordered liberty. Ordered liberty assures the maximum freedom and the least amount of government to protect that liberty.
Ordered liberty is the basis of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution is the nuts-and-bolts blueprint for establishing a government that would ensure ordered liberty based on the concepts set forth in the Declaration of Independence.
Contrary to what President Obama and the radical Left wants you to believe, the First Amendment does not protect government from religion — it protects religion from government.
Beginning with the bogus 1947 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that etched a misinterpretation of a comment in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists, the radical secular Left has waged war on religion, especially Christianity and Judaism, in the public realm.
“In 1947, in the case Everson v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court declared, ‘The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.’” (Wallbuilders.com)
Had the “learned” justices who penned this decision studied Jefferson more closely, they would have discovered his true intent, and their error. In at least four instances, Jefferson spoke clearly regarding the sanctity of religious freedom.
[N]o power over the freedom of religion . . . [is] delegated to the United States by the Constitution.
Kentucky Resolution, 1798
In matters of religion, I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the Constitution independent of the powers of the general [federal] government.
Second Inaugural Address, 1805
[O]ur excellent Constitution . . . has not placed our religious rights under the power of any public functionary.
Letter to the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1808
I consider the government of the United States as interdicted [prohibited] by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions . . . or exercises.
Letter to Samuel Millar, 1808
Hector LaMarque, once a business mentor of mine, put it succinctly when he said, “Your priorities should be God, family, country, and then business.”
He is right. The business of running one’s life is personal and unique. The government has no business, no precedent, to make those decisions for us. In fact, the founding documents guarantee the opposite.
The First Amendment says leave us alone.
However, Obama and his gang of secular statists want to run your life. They want take away your right to practice your faith and to decide your own fate.
To Obama and his Marxists cronies, the Constitution, and its guarantees, are simply a nuisance, an encumbrance to their quest for total control.
The choice in November is clear — freedom or servitude.
The choice is yours to make.
It is time to derail the Obama express to oblivion and put liberty and justice for all back on America’s main line.
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