Our world is getting stranger by the day, don’t you agree? All over the US, during the “holiday season,” it is getting harder to celebrate the whole reason for the holiday. In public schools, no more carols that mention Christ. The same holds true on “public” property. No more nativity scenes, no more Christmas trees, where is it going to end?
A Texas State Representative, Dewayne Bohac, may have the answer for his state. He calls it the “Merry Christmas Bill” (House bill #308). I saw this guy interviewed on a national morning news show, so this is no joke; this guy is serious.
He wants to make the legal, legal. What do I mean? The US Supreme Court has already ruled more than once that it is perfectly OK to have Christian themed displays and music on public property [look up Lynch vs. Donnelly, 1984). There are others on both sides of the argument.
Here is the REAL argument, though. Those who seek to pervert the meaning of the US Constitution continue to argue that the “intent” of the first amendment is to keep religion out of anything government. That is simply absurd. The language of the Constitution is so crystal clear, and without any ambiguity, that the argument is completely senseless. And Americans are falling for it hook, line, and sinker.
Amendment #1, states, “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.
Congress, government, is supposed to keep its legislative nose out of religion and it is not supposed to restrict any American citizen from practicing religion anywhere. The last time I checked, we are still a republic where majority rules. Well, at least that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
But that’s not the way it is. A very small, very vocal minority has tricked many of us into believing that the Constitution says something that it does not say. The liberals will no doubt want to quote Jefferson now–wake up, folks; his letter ain’t part of the Constitution.
I applaud Mr Bohac for his effort, but it is effort in vain on two counts. First, it likely doesn’t have a chance of passing muster in the Texas house–although Texans can be pretty solid; and second, freedom of religion is already legal in America.
Until and unless leaders in America wake up to the truth of our Constitution and the truth of the living God, the shameless, inane argument will go on and nothing will change.