1st Amendment of the United States Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech………..”
This is NOT what the Founding Fathers meant when they wrote the 1st amendment to the Constitution. Here’s what Joseph Story (one of the founders) said about the intention of writing the 1st amendment:
“At the time of the adoption…of the Amendment…the general, if not the universal, sentiment in America was, that Christianity ought to receive encouragement from the State.”
Justice Story continued: “The real object of the First Amendment was not to countenance, much less to advance Mohammedanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity, but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects.”
I will also add, you can’t find ONE, NOT ONE example of the Founding Fathers practicing “separation of church and state” as the modern day courts make us do today…….NOT ONE….I challenge anyone reading this to give me one….just one example from the founding fathers….
The war against free speech and religious liberty took a strange and disturbing twist last Friday in the town of Westmoreland, Tennessee.
Four public school football coaches were spotted bowing their heads during a student-led prayer. According to reports, the coaches did not initiate the prayer, nor did they utter a word as the students prayed.
For this, they were called on the carpet by school authorities.
WSMV reports the coaches were not disciplined, but were educated on the school’s policy and had to sign a letter acknowledging they understood that policy.
Josh DeVine wrote:
“We’ve been telling our principals to kind of be looking for those things, because that is kind of a shift in how things have been done,” Sumner County Schools spokesperson Jeremy Johnson said. “It can in no way appear like it’s endorsed by Sumner County Schools personnel.”
According to the new policy, the result of an ACLU lawsuit alleging violations of “separation of church and state,” staff can be present while students pray, but cannot participate, nor can they even give the appearance of participation - even outside school hours.
But is bowing one’s head out of respect endorsement of prayer or religion?
“It depends on what it looks like,” Johnson told Channel 4. “That’s where you kind of get into the gray area that we’re having to deal with.”
The move has some in the town up in arms.