The First Amendment and Religion
|This is the first in a series of mini articles I'm writing on the Constitution and the Amendments to it. The first article is about the much mis-understood First Amendment and how it relates to religion.|
Amendment IAs one can clearly read this amendment restricted the federal government, it did not give it any powers nor did it restrict the states in the same matters. It states quite clearly that "Congress" can make no law about religion, thus giving this power to the individual states. And guess what the Tenth Amendment backs this up:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.So why did a federal court in 2003 issue an order that the Ten Commandments be removed from the Alabama Supreme Court Building? The federal court stated that the Ten Commandments on display violated the First Amendment. How? Read the amendment again. A federal court had no jurisdiction in this case. The issue should have gone up to one party to decide the fate of the Ten Commandments in the court building, the people of the state of Alabama. Also Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Judge Ray Moore was suspended for refusing to remove the statue of the Ten Commandments from display. This is a clear example of where the federal government has overstepped its boundaries and operated outside the Constitution and the intent in which it was written by the framers.
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