The 1st amendment is one of the mostly hotly debated parts of the Bill of Rights. People seek to distort it to empower their speech and expression rights while silencing their opponents. From http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html
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.
The government is to have no official state religion, but they are not supposed to prohibit the free exercise of religion. Often a religious symbol is attacked and called to be removed if on public land by Atheists. Their cry of freedom of religion is absurd, they are Humanists, and are also a religion.
Nothing in the 1st amendment states that you have freedom from religion. The main purpose of the law in regard to religion is to prevent a Church of the United States from forming, and with good reason. The Church of England persecuted other Christian denominations mercilessly for generations, and even in Colonial America witches weren’t the only ones killed for their faith deviating from the colony norm. Free exercise of religion is trampled daily in modern America. Any town, school, or public municipality that decides on allowing an exercise of religion (that is legal) should not be harassed by powerful groups like the ACLU and others with lawsuits. These wolves find places with limited means of defense and threaten them with expensive lawsuits, causing the place to give in and stop the religious exercise in question.
Secondly, the only religion being targeted on a massive scale is Christianity. Jews, Muslims, Wiccans, and others are free to exercise their faith publicly (exception being the proposed ground zero mosque, understandably rejected by the public) and I am not against their right to do it. (Even if I don’t agree with their faiths) The attack on Christian monuments, displays, and groups is the new persecution here in America. Prayers in Jesus name gets people fired. The name of Jesus divides the land understandably, but it is all but banned in public. Christian groups on school campuses have been threatened that they must disband unless they accept non-Christians not only to the group, but in leadership roles as well! http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=36658 This policy is widely believed to be an attack on Christian campus groups directly.
Third, Atheists and Humanists (both groups are really part of the same general belief set) do have a faith, and are a religious movement. They believe man is his own savior and they worship their own limited reason as a god. The exercise of this “faith” is their religion, and they are fervently interested in coercing our civilization to believe their philosophies and to reject the spiritual. Our whole school system is their seminary, which churns out increasingly hostile materialistic activists who threaten lawsuits to remake America in their image. They are not defenders of the Bill of Rights, they are crusaders bent on removing Christianity from the public forum and replacing it with their own darkened doctrine. Christianity is the main obstacle to this, thus it is the target. The government seems to have sided with the Humanists, they also have restricted religious exercise of Christians. http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2012/apr/19/chain-email/chain-email-has-no-defense/ http://www.wnd.com/2006/09/37913/ Not only has the government infringed on the right to exercise religion, they endorse Humanism through education and by limiting mention of Jesus in the public forum.
The meaning of the 1st amendment has been distorted, and we cannot rely on the government’s interpretation being fair to the Christian faith. It is up to Christian politicians, lawyers, activists, and outspoken citizens to fight to keep Christianity in the public forum. We need to find politicians who are defenders of the faith and elect them to every position available, including the school boards, where the need for Christians(real ones, not corrupt modernists) is greatest in my opinion. Science theories taught in school like evolution or big bang need to be challenged and properly labeled as only theories. A Christian perspective should be present in schools, but not made compulsory. Study of the Bible and tolerance for prayer should be allowed.
Why was I required to read a spiritually bankrupt book like Catcher in the Rye rather than study the greatest book in literature? The answer is that Humanists in the government controlled my education, and I had no choices. The 1st amendment was used to exclude Christianity from my experience, but was used erroneously to defend the right of the atheists to poison 50 years of America’s youth with their madness.