Amendment I

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.


This is something heard over and over and is one of our most valuable rights and one we should most certainly protect. However, even amongst conservatives it is often misunderstood as to what this protection really is.

What it is.

This amendment states, Congress shall make no law abridging; Think about that for a minute. Congress shall make no law. See it? We don't have the "right" to free speech under this amendment. It isn't something we were so graciously given by the government.

Rather, it is something which we have told the government you cannot do. You cannot silence my speech against you. You cannot keep me from petitioning you for redress. You cannot stop me from protesting you, peacefully.

What it is not.

It is not a right you have on private property, the owner of the property has their rights as well. It is not a right that infringes with another's right. It was not meant to protect hate speech, violence or pornography.

It was meant solely as a protection for us to speak against, or redress, our government.

For the press it simply means that the press can write articles opposing the government. Today that would also include of course television and radio. But back when it was originally written it was to protect those who wrote newspaper articles, pamphlets and books in opposition to the government.


This is a hot subject for conservatives. Again, another misunderstood right. So let's try and clear this one up.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

I hear many conservatives say, our country was founded on Judeo Christianity or Judeo Christian beliefs. Whether or not that is true is a subject of major discourse. When we look at the fact that the phrase itself, "Judeo Christian" was never even documented until the mid-1800s many refute it, I believe rightfully so.

Our Declaration of Independence contains the words "Laws of Nature," "Nature's God" and "our Creator." These terms are all generic terms. Nowhere in any of these documents does it say Jesus, Moses or the Bible.

And James Madison said;

"The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries." James Madison -1803 letter objecting use of gov. land for churches

That our Forefathers were of many denominations is well known. Some never did embrace a particular faith, such as George Washington. It is well known that Thomas Jefferson himself, the author of many of these documents, had nothing but disdain for the Bible, as written, and took great pains to literally cut and paste sections of the Bible out to make his own version, the Jefferson Bible. He did not believe in miracles. He believed Jesus was a good moral man.

So if we look to our history it was very, very plain that the Forefathers wanted to ensure that we did have the freedoms guaranteed by our First Amendment.

What does this mean? It means you indeed do have the freedom to be a Christian, Jewish, Mormon, Pagan, et cetera. The thing is there are about 10,000 different religions and about 1,000 different gods.

I'm glad you have your chosen religion but it is not the "right" religion. There is no right or wrong religion. There is your religion and although I'm very happy for you that you believe in your religion with all your heart it is not the religion of this country. Our country has no official religion. Remember,
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

I see many, many times on the forums and in discussions, blogs and comments Christians making the statement that a "true conservative is a Christian." WRONG. A true conservative believes what he/she believes. That is our right, given to us by our Creator. And it is up to us to determine our own God.

As Thomas Jefferson so eloquently stated,

"I inquire of no person’s religion, nor do I bother any with my own. A person’s religion is solely between him and his maker."

"Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law." [Thomas Jefferson, February 10, 1814]

In a nutshell what this means. Worship God in whatever way you choose. But do not tell any person what they must believe. Your freedom ends where another's freedom begins.

Another thing I see that is extremely bothersome is the judgement of others. You may have that right, within your particular religion, to judge others that have embraced that religion, however, you cannot pass judgement on a person who has chosen another religion and is following the doctrines of that religion whether you agree with it or not. If they have embraced a religion that is not what you have chosen you do not have the right to force upon them the doctrines of yours. That is an infringement on the religious freedom rights of others and is not necessary in a community environment.

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If I remember my history lessons correctly, albeit were public education, Our Forefathers most likely left their homeland because religion had turned from spiritual to political, and when they(England) Continued to enforce this issue it lead to rebellion. Is this beginning to sound a little familiar? I wonder what the correct response should be when Government and Allah are biting you in the ass. Thanks for bringing it up. I will research this with renewed fervor.   NEVER SURRENDER

why can't the people sent to washington to represent the will of the people follow the constitution? while i do not follow the islamic religion, i do not hold to depriving any person to practice their beliefs as they see fit. obama's sneaky way of trying to worm islam as the religion of the nation is trying to undermine our ability to live as free individuals who have the right to believe and practice religion any way he or she desires. 

we need to Plaster the First Amendment on banner ads everywhere! making it known to the government that we are not accepting islam as the religion of the nation!!! we hold our truths and beliefs dear to our hearts and will not be stepped on by obama cronism!




Reporter Kicked Out Of Michelle Obama
Conference For Violating ‘Black Girl Code’

The Black Entertainment Television channel recently hosted a conference in south Florida for black women known as “Leading Women Defined,” which featured a casual conversation between former first lady Michelle Obama and former senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

But according to the New York Post’s Page Six, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was in attendance was booted from the remainder of the conference after she wrote an article about some of the comments Obama had made during the discussion.

Robin Givhan, a fashion critic and staff writer for The Washington Post, documented the highlights of the friendly chat between Obama and Jarrett.

Some of the highlights of the conversation included the former first lady’s thoughts on President Donald Trump’s inauguration as the Obamas prepared to leave the White House, the role she played during the 2008 election, her difficulty settling in as “the spouse” to the president, how she described her White House garden as a “subversive act” to garner trust with the public and her upcoming memoir. Of course Givhan also wrote about what Obama was wearing … after all, she is a fashion critic.

But following the publication of the article, according to Page Six, BET demanded Givhan leave the conference early amid claims that she had violated a “sacred space” by publishing the content of the conversation.

They also canceled a panel discussion that Givhan initially had been asked to moderate.

However, Page Six noted that BET’s claim that Obama’s discussion was “private” and not intended to be shared with anyone else outside the small gathering in attendance didn’t hold up to scrutiny given the fact that BET itself posted clips from the discussion on its site.

Furthermore, Jarrett also posted those clips on social media and told everyone to “tune in” to the network so they could hear what Obama had to say.

Shortly thereafter, the dispute descended into a sharp back-and-forth on social media between Givhan and others who were irked at what she had done, as can be seen on Givhan’s Twitter feed.

Several of her critics asserted that the conversation had been “off-the-record” — an assertion Givhan flatly denied — and one user claimed the reporter had “violated a sacred trust” between black women.

Another said what she had done was a “complete violation of journalistic ethics and Black girl code, all at once,” while still another asserted through a hashtag that Givhan was “#notoneofus,” as if she were being banished from the exclusive realm of accepted professional black women.

For their part, a BET representative told Page Six that Givhan had been “invited as a guest (not working press) to moderate a fashion panel,” and noted that her travel and lodging expenses had been paid for by the network.

“She was made aware that it was an intimate conversation in a sacred space of sisterhood and fellowship,” the rep added.

Neither Givhan nor representatives for Obama responded to requests for comment on the report from Page Six.

If the WaPo reporter really was instructed ahead of time that the conversation between Obama and Jarrett was “off the record” and a private affair, but published anyway, then BET was justified in booting her from the remainder of the conference — though the mean-spirited commentary she received on social media still crossed the line.

But if Givhan received no prior warning on the matter — and given the fact that BET itself published the conversation later — then this is just a major display of hypocrisy and unnecessary infighting.

What do you think?


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