The Way We Were

Posted Monday, July 4, 2011, at 11:23 AM
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  • The Declaration was superseded by the Constitution: From Article VI: religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

    From the First Amendment:

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

    -- Posted by Larry Linn on Mon, Jul 4, 2011, at 3:12 PM
  • Yes, and the second half of that amendment states what so many try to forget. Which means that a local school, which is operating in a community that approves can choose to pray at a commencement speech. Even if someone in the audience doesn't like it, since Congress doesn't have any authority to prohibit it. That same school also has the authority to prevent it from happening exactly because they are not Congress. Our society so often likes to extend the restrictions to our federal government on to the states, which is neither in the wording of the Constitution, nor in the framer's intent. In fact, it delegates those responsibilities not given to the federal government down to the states. It has only been in the last 100 years, and principally the last 75 that people have misinterpreted and manipulated the wording of the Constitution to fit whatever agenda they seek to promote.

    -- Posted by theoneinthearmy on Wed, Jul 6, 2011, at 10:19 AM
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