As you may know, the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause states that the federal government may not establish a national religion. How has this simple statement gone from beautifully liberating to increasingly tyrannical?
The Establishment Clause was added into the Constitution so that the new government could not create a national religion, and to ensure that the requirements to hold office would not be restricted by religious affiliation. Today, however, the Establishment Clause restricts the expression of religious beliefs as far as the tax dollar can see. Schools, hospitals, and many other government-subsidized entities — along with private organizations such as churches — have been under assault thanks to failed analysis of the First Amendment.
The Establishment Clause states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. . . .
How can this be so misconstrued to restrict football coaches from leading their team in a pre-game prayer? Or restricting prayer in the classroom? Or telling a student to remove her cross necklace at her college orientation? Or suing a florist because she refused to provide her services for a gay couples wedding? Or mandating that hospitals provide free contraceptives?
Is this a just interpretation of the Establishment Clause?
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