Day 12: The First Amendment

From here out, we examine the inalienable Bill of Rights. We point out that the most important of these to consider is the Second and the Ninth Amendment, as they have the most impact on your personal liberties.

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.

Sec.13. Freedom of religious opinion and worship, or liberty of conscience, is a valuable personal right, included in the term, personal liberty, and is effectually secured in this country. In England, the country of our ancestors, there is a church established and supported by the government. This is sometimes called “union of church and state.” The American people, from their love of religious freedom, have, in their constitutions, expressly prohibited congress from making laws “respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” (Amend. art. 1.) And the state constitutions have adopted similar provisions.—The Government Class Handbook, Chapter Chapter XLVII., Andrew Young

In his epic work, Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore points out, in cute cartoon fashion, how the NRA was started by the Klu Klux Klan in an effort to stifle the gun rights of recently freed black Americans. They continue, to this day, as a wing of that filthy organization, is the insinuation.

I can agree with Mr. Moore that the Klu Klux Klan, the Arian Nation and other true hate groups have outlasted any usefulness that they believe that they might have had. That is a polite way of saying that any group that supports oppressing the rights of any American due to the color of their skin or their beliefs has no place in our society. Including the Rainbow Coalition, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Black Panthers and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Michael Moore, however, failed to point out other contributions that the Klu Klux Klan made to American civics. For example, it is Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Hugo LaFayette Black that gave us “separation of Church and State,” a concept foreign to the First Amendment. Hugo Black was nominated to the Supreme Court by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in reward for the attempt by Black to force through Congress the “court stacking” scheme. He was a member of the KKK, also.

[Unfortunately, even Michael Moore is protected by the First Amendment!]

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