The problem with the First Amendment

Of all our constitutional freedoms, the First Amendment ranks tops in my book.  Without it, our country would not be what it is today—or what it used to be.

There is no question that America is not the country it once was.  We are not advancing either as a nation or a culture but are increasingly declining.  The rapidity of our declension is nothing short of shocking.

One of the major reasons for this astonishing decline is the First Amendment:

“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.”

During the founding of America, the vast majority of people who inhabited these lands were God fearing Christians who loved and honored the Bible.  Biblical principles, ideas and ideals were central to the shaping of our public mores, attitudes and how our government was structured and defined.  This fact is so central to why America became the greatest civilization in the history of the Earth that it cannot—it must not—be overlooked.

Today, the phrase “post-Christian America” is frequently tossed about, meaning that though America at one time was indeed a Christian nation founded upon biblical principles, this is no longer  the case.  Now, we celebrate religious diversity under the idea of the “big tent” philosophy that now teaches that our strength lies in our infinite array of views, religions and practices.  This “melting pot” is believed by many to be the glue that binds us all together.  And the First Amendment guarantees that these myriad of views, many violently opposed to Christianity, will always be protected and given equal voice in our culture.



But is this true?  Are all voices, viewpoints, religions and beliefs as equal as others?  Does our strength truly lie in our diversity or does it lie in our singularity of beliefs?  I belief the answer is clear: diversity is dividing America and is driving all of us farther apart; the First Amendment is now hurting us instead of healing us.

Take the case of the Satanic Temple distributing coloring activity books in school children in Florida.  Here is a paragraph from the article:

“‘In response to a recent School Board decision in Orange County, Florida that allows for the dissemination of religious materials in public schools, The Satanic Temple will be distributing educational religious material to students,’ reads a statement from the group.”

Imagine if you were a parent in this school district and you discovered that a group of Satanists were going to distribute their literature to your little eight-year old.  How would that make you feel?  Do you think having little Suzy learn about worshipping the devil would be beneficial to her early childhood development and character?

Continuing with the article, the spokesperson for the group, Lucien Greaves, makes the following well-reasoned argument:

“We would never seek to establish a precedent of disseminating our religious materials in public schools because we believe our constitutional values are better served by respecting a strong separation of Church and State. However, if a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students – as is the case in Orange County, Florida – we think the responsible thing to do is to ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions, as opposed to standing idly by while one religious voice dominates the discourse and delivers propaganda to our youth.”

It’s tough to argue with his (or her?), particularly if you are steeped in the philosophy of political correctness and tolerance; after all, according to progressives and their allies on the left, what is the difference between worshipping the devil, Jesus, or Allah?  One religious viewpoint should certainly not dominate to the exclusion of all others, right?

This is precisely the point where the First Amendment is failing us, because if this cherished right means that little Johnny and Suzy are going to be exposed to Satanism as a rule of law, something must be changed because something has gone incredibly wrong.  We are heading on a path of sheer madness, and no culture can withstand the ramifications of these perverse ideologies being disseminated throughout its borders.

Let me test my readers:  do you think, in the spirit of tolerance and fairness, that the Church of Satan has the right to teach children their value systems in the same manner that Christians should have?  Would you agree that if children read from the Bible in public schools (which they can in only specific instances), that they should also be instructed out of the Satanic bible as well, or the Quran, the Book of Mormon, the Bhagavad Gita, ad nauseum?

Perhaps you vote “No” to all “holy” books and believe that none of them should be taught in public schools, believing in the “separation of church and state.”  But there is no such beast in reality, for schoolchildren’s mind do not exist in a vacuum and someone’s moral code must be presented to them.  And if not Christianity, Islam or Satanism, what then?  The religion of secular humanism will fill that void, which is precisely what is taught in our public schools ever since the Bible was outlawed in the sixties.

Americans have been cleverly duped for decades, perhaps even for generations, with the philosophy of tolerance and political correctness.  The bitter root of this gangrened tree has been producing its perverse fruit for decades, and this insane attempt of the Satanic group to place their demonic literature in the impressionable hands and minds of schoolchildren is simply the latest bumper crop we are reaping.

America is on a collision course with disaster; we see signs of our imminent collapse all around us, from the criminals running the government and occupying the White House all the way down to mothers and fathers murdering their own children and every putrid thing in between.

And one of the main reasons is because of the First Amendment.

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