Yes, you read that headline correctly. There is no honest angle at which you can approach the first amendment and stand by this statement. Yet, this is exactly what a group in Wisconsin is trying to force upon a Georgia school.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, obviously has no inkling as to what the first amendment was even meant to stand for. Granted, many causes that cite the first amendment are completely off course. From pumping porn into public libraries to now the feeding of young adults, the first amendment is being assaulted once again.
Here is the text of this allusive 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.
The constitution is simple to read and this amendment is no exception. The issue is that we are flooded with lawyers and activists that hate God and want absolutely no mention of Christianity at all, in any way. From the mouths of these people all sorts of complexities are extended to the constitution as a tool to confuse and mislead the public as to the extremely simple aims of the constitution itself.
The reason we have the first amendment is not to ban Christianity (which is what it is used for 99% of the time), but rather to fight against the abuses of the church of Rome. Remember, it was illegal to be catholic and hold public office in much of Europe and in the colonies at this time in history. This was because of all of the blood shed and sedition caused by popery and its blood thirsty soldiers.
The founding era of men (in government) funded bible printing and held regular public prayer in government meetings, which shows that today’s application of the first amendment, has been completely perverted from it’s original meaning. Also, public schools taught the bible to it’s students and was wholly supported by the government and populace of that time.
[The] Bible, when not read in schools, is seldom read in any subsequent period of life… [It] should be read in our schools in preference to all other books from its containing the greatest portion of that kind of knowledge which is calculated to produce private and public temporal happiness.
Benjamin Rush (constitutional signer)
As early as the 1500s, men, women and children fled to North America to escape religious persecution from the Roman catholic church. These people were Christians and sought a true bible based government. Even though many of the key signers of the constitution (arriving roughly 150 years after) where not Christians, there were still many that were authentic God fearing men. These people did not want a godless government.
Here is a quote from that era:
the real object of the [First] amendment was not to countenance, much less to advance, Mahometanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity; but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects.
Justice Joseph Story, founder of the Harvard Law school, nominated to the Supreme Court by President James Madison. Original intent, page 31
There are many quotes from this era that prove the stance of the men supporting this amendment.
Don’t let people tell you what the constitution means or how to interpret it. Do a little research and prove for yourself what factual history teaches all people. We live in world of confusion and rewritten history. A little sleuthing is required to uncover the facts of times past.