RR: Free speech, free exercising of religion and the right to bitch
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.
What does the above mean to you? A lot of different axioms here. This is how I read it:
1. Congress cannot establish a religion,
2. nor, can it prohibit anyone from exercising their religion, e.g., praying to their god, attending their church, wearing a cross to school, carrying a bible anywhere, praying at high school football games, building crosses that can be seen from a highway, etc.
3. "Abridging", that's an interesting word. That's not just censoring, it means not even tinkering with anyone's speech, including, but not limited to, the press.
4. Citizens have the right to assemble/demonstrate as long as they remain peaceful.
5. We the people have the right to complain to govt without fear of retaliation. Attention Chairman Waxman (D) Calif.
6. The Founders condensed all of the above in a simple, easy to understand, single sentence.
7. Supreme Court Justices are notoriously poor readers.
Latest attempts to "abridge"
To be cont’d tomorrow.
Reminder to pledge signers
"We pledge to honor the Constitution as constructed by its framers and honor the original intent of those precepts that have been consistently ignored particularly the Tenth Amendment, which grants that all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."
A Pledge to America,
Republicans in Congress,