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The First Amendment

The people that founded our nation believed in God given freedom, rights given by God that are not negotiable. They laid the foundation for the United States of America as it stands today. I doubt that they would look kindly on our squandering what they fought and died to give us. Let's go over what we have lost with some detail.

Because our nation was founded by Bible believing Christians we were given much and not restricted. In the Bible God gives everyone the choice to either believe on him or not, choice of belief is a Christian value. Not so with many other religions around the world, Muslims for example; they practice a convert-or-die form of religion. Our very first amendment to the Constitution, the first item put into the Bill of Rights is:

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.

You will notice that the first item addressed in the amendment is religion, not just Christianity; but a blanket statement covering all belief systems. I would wager that in no other nation on the planet had such a thing been done. Before this almost (if not all) countries had either been based entirely on a religion or had a state sponsored religion. But that isn’t what New Testament espoused. Instead, the allowance for free choice is made.

The second item addressed by this amendment is “freedom of speech.” In the newly formed United States of America there would be no suppression of differing viewpoints. All would be free to speak their mind.

The third item listed is “the press.” The people’s primary news source was not to be a tool of an oppressive regime. Neither was it to be restricted.

The fourth item is the “right of the people peaceably to assemble.” The government is not allowed to restrict protests, or marches, or sit-ins. And the people can use this power to call for changes in a system they disagree with, or to challenge the current politicians in power. Essentially, the people can call the politicians out.

Our founders chose to write the original 10 amendments to the United States Constitution because they did not want our rights assumed, they wanted the rights to be set in stone. The founders went out of their way to limit Government. Think on that.

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