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Re: “Messina

Now I will correct Chuck.

The First Amendment DOES NOT SAY "a religion," "a national religion," "one sect or society," or "any particular denomination of religion." It is religion generically that may not be established.

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

About the word "thereof":

An overlooked aspect of the free exercise clause is that it looks back to the establishment clause for its definition of "religion". The establishment clause says that Congress may make no law respecting the establishment of religion, while the free exercise clause says that Congress cannot prohibit the free exercise "thereof". Logically, the word "thereof" must have the same content as the object to which it refers. Accordingly, what counts as religion for one clause MUST count as religion for the other. The free exercise clause makes no sense unless the word "religion" is read to encompass more than a church, denomination, or sect. As the free exercise clause pertains to religion generically, the word 'thereof', being placed where it is, clearly signifies that the establishment clause does likewise.

The National Day of Prayer is a constitutional violation in that the congress officially endorses religion generically (and so it does not matter if it's of just one religion, though promoting "Jesus" as they do is especially egregious). If federal judges weren't the cowards they are, and the court system wasn't politically fixed as it is to protect right-wing politicians who reap huge financial & voter rewards by pushing a pseudo-theocracy upon all of us, they would stop using "standing" as an easy way of avoiding these issues THEY KNOW are unconstitutional actions of government.

"Believing... that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their Legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State." ~ Thomas Jefferson, letter to the Danbury Baptists, 1802. ME 16:281

Posted by Crucie Fiction on 05/16/2011 at 1:10 PM

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