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The following is the First Amendment of the Constitution.

“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.”

During this past Christmas season, as a citizen of these wonderful United States of America, I was flat-out flabbergasted and dismayed by some people in the governmental power structure who were able to prohibit the singing of religious hymns at veterans’ hospitals, and are empowering the forced removal of any religious references within public schools or any other government-based organizations. Unless I have completely lost my ability to read, these actions are directly and flagrantly in violation of the First Amendment.

Because Christmas is a Christian-based holiday, and about 76 percent of Americans profess the Christian faith, by circumstance and commonality, one may think that this is only an issue with Christians. However, from a broader sociological basis, this exercised repression forebodes a far more dangerous threat to our basic freedoms in this country. Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Jews, as well as atheists, agnostics and any others who want to maintain “the free exercise thereof” also should feel threatened by these recent government actions.

About 52 years ago, I was sitting in a college sociology class, and the professor commented that, from a social-change standpoint, he would much rather deal with revolution than evolution. Revolution directly confronts you, and you can put your hands around it and deal with it. Evolution is just as real, but is more subtle and happens over time. You just wake up one day and that’s the way it is.

Be watchful. We are being eased off the path that maintains our freedom and onto the path that leads to totalitarianism, in which citizens are totally subject to an absolute state authority.

Therefore, I would like to petition the government for a redress of this current infringement on the rights of all people in this country, and because of the future danger it presents to our religious beliefs, our social values and our freedom.

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deestafford
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deestafford 03/12/14 - 01:04 am
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Excellent letter. The vast majority of people don't really....

Excellent letter. The vast majority of people don't really understand the impetus behind the Founders and their putting the clause about religion in the First Amendment.

They did so because they believed CONGRESS should not establish a NATIONAL religion and by putting the religious freedom restriction on CONGRESS they allowed the STATES the right to establish religions at the STATE level.

If one reads the preambles of the earliest states one will see that they all mention a belief in God and nearly all mention a belief in Christianity.

We have strayed so far from the intentions of the brilliant Founders through whom God formed the greatest country in history which we are now seeing destroyed piecemeal by the left. A destruction that started about a hundred years ago and has become a runaway train in the last five years under the "Engineer of Destruction"--Barrack Hussein Obama.

A man who thinks he is the greatest leader since Napoleon. A man who thinks he is a lot like Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, JFK, LBJ, and Ronald Reagan combined--only better. A megalomaniac who thinks he is great but who in reality is a small, little man inside.

jack234
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jack234 03/12/14 - 05:28 am
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That was quiet a leap from

That was quiet a leap from the ideas of the writer to President Obama.
But, they do it all the time. They seem unable to link him to the plane crash, but we'll give them more time.

jack234
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jack234 03/12/14 - 05:33 am
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I am reluctant to put too

I am reluctant to put too much faith in the founders, after all, in all their wisdom they still thought it was ok to own another person which
many of them did. Just how do you do that and sleep at night. Have you ever thought about what it would be like to live your whole life and belong to someone else. Is that living?

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/12/14 - 06:07 am
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an ignorant populace can never be free

overt governments simply burnt books with which they disagreed
but you don't need to burn any book if people can't read
THREE SCHOOLS IN RICHMOND COUNTY
HAD ZERO STUDENTS PASS THE AP EXAMS LAST YEAR!
yes, banning simple Christmas songs is a sign that we've
"eased off the path that maintains our freedom"
and another example is the previous poster, not seeing the genius
of our founding fathers
but that is how the government controlled public schools planned it
he thinks he is "the people we've been waiting for"
but really, just part and parcel of
THREE SCHOOLS IN RICHMOND COUNTY
HAD ZERO STUDENTS PASS THE AP EXAMS LAST YEAR!
if you accept the racism in that, how can you sleep with yourself at night? how can you say you're better than any other generation, any other people? you're creating a people that can't read, and if you can't even read, no escape is possible
there is no "Underground Railroad" from the racism of the type practiced by democrats, exhibited by the fact that
THREE SCHOOLS IN RICHMOND COUNTY
HAD ZERO STUDENTS PASS THE AP EXAMS LAST YEAR!

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carcraft 03/12/14 - 06:22 am
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jack234 The founders were

jack234 The founders were troubled by slavery but were not sure what to do about it. Slavery was a component of the economic system of the time. If the revolution were to be successful slavery had to be allowed. Funny don't I hear much criticism of the Democratically managed welfare plantation that has encouraged single parent families, fostered crime and ruined education for young black children. Slavery in America ended over 100 years ago. The welfare mess is going on today, you can't change the past but you can change the present and effect the future!

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/12/14 - 06:12 am
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jack234, how would your
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jack234, how would your freedom be today if it weren't for those founders you care not for?

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Riverman1 03/12/14 - 06:21 am
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Living in Slavery

"Have you ever thought about what it would be like to live your whole life and belong to someone else. Is that living?"

The Russians and Chinese did that for decades under Stalin and Mao. Those that survived anyway. Tens of millions were killed by their leaders.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/12/14 - 06:29 am
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My ancestors were slaves in
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My ancestors were slaves in Europe.....where's my check?

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 03/12/14 - 06:53 am
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I'm sure your reading skills
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I'm sure your reading skills are just find, it's your comprehension that is flawed. I say keep everyone out of the hospital that doesn't have a valid reason for being there. If you don't work there, have business there, being seen there, or visiting a friend or family member then stay out. Injured or sick people are all different. Some may welcome your fa la la la and others may not.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 03/12/14 - 06:54 am
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Oh boy
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Oh boy

owensjef3
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owensjef3 03/12/14 - 06:56 am
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Go complain in Europe .
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Go complain in Europe .

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/12/14 - 07:08 am
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Go Back 150 Years And Complain

Go back 150 years in a time machine and complain.

localguy55
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localguy55 03/12/14 - 07:15 am
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Sometimes you just have to

Sometimes you just have to ignore America hating people that post here and can't look at our nation's history and put it in context.

With all the wrongs involved with the creation of this country, there was so much right about her and a lot of blood was spilled to right the wrongs. We continue to right many wrongs but there is a emerging leftist evil that we as a free people must overcome.

If we fail to protect the freedoms founded in our constitution for the individual a new form a slavery will consume us all.

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Bodhisattva 03/12/14 - 07:19 am
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People project their fear and

People project their fear and their hate onto the current President. Policies that haven't changed have suddenly become evil and un-American. The Tea Party popped up thanks to millions from right wing think tank tanks and astroturfing complaining about taxes when people's federal tax burden was at the lowest level in generations. They whined about the debt that balloned thanks to a recession brought on by gutted oversight and regulations, 2 wars, and 2 rounds of tax cuts mosty for the ultra wealthy all courtesy of the GOP (Clinton bears big responsibility as well for signing GOP legislation). They totally ignore history and suffer from convenient memory loss as when the concept the "Imperial Presidency" and the Unitary Executive Theory came about. That would be the megalomaniac Ronald Reagan:

"I wish to make clear my understanding that sections 252(a) (1) and (2) of the amended act -- which direct the President to issue in strict accordance with the report submitted by the Office of Management and Budget -- do not preclude me or future Presidents from exercising our authority to supervise the execution of the law by overseeing and directing the Director of OMB in the preparation and, if necessary, revision of his reports. If this provision were interpreted otherwise, so as to require the President to follow the orders of a subordinate, it would plainly constitute an unconstitutional infringement of the President's authority as head of a unitary executive branch.

Third, section 106(f) of the joint resolution purports to require the President to submit a budget that complies with certain conditions concerning reductions in spending. In light of the President's plenary power under Article II, sec. 3 of the Constitution to submit to the Congress any legislation he deems necessary and expedient, this provision must be viewed as merely precatory."

Dick Cheney claimed "the vice president's office is not an "entity within the executive branch" and therefore not subject to annual reporting or periodic on-site inspections". That is until funding for his excutive branch was about to be cut, then miraculously he was part of the excutive branch again. Yoo and Gonzalez worked dilegently to make sure that Bush was the imperial President and that no laws or the Constitution applied to him or his veep. The right wing is quite a fews years too late in trying to raise the alarm. Why were they silent all of the other years? 8 years of Reagan? 8 years of Bush and Cheney? All of a sudden the right wing gets all upset over nothing like those guys tried and did? A very simple explanation. A lot of Council of Conservative Citizens, John Birchers, League of the South types.

localguy55
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localguy55 03/12/14 - 07:47 am
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News Flash

Republican David Jolly Republican sinks Democrat Alex Sink in the special election for Florida’s 13th District house seat. Do you hear that distant sound. It is the winds of change coming in November....

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/12/14 - 08:06 am
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the "Underground Railroad" to freedom, today

must avoid the subjugation of public schools
which imprisons its victims in the new slave quarters
called "public housing" or, as we once called them, "the projects"
really, is there any better example of "disparate impact"
than when a black kid graduates reading the equivalent level
of a 7th grade white kid?
because there is simply no escape from ignorance
and the democrats enforcement of keeping blacks down on the plantation by not educating them
from ignorance there is no escape
and instead of picking cotton, the democrats are picking votes
there isn't just 12 years a slave
but entire lifetimes and entire generations
democrats are worse than the kkk ever was
oh, and wow, owenjef... liberal thought entirely summarized in one post!

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/12/14 - 08:14 am
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"Policies that haven't
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"Policies that haven't changed have suddenly become evil and un-American."

And policies that were evil and unAmerican when Bush was President are suddenly OK. So what is your point?

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/12/14 - 08:16 am
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"Yoo and Gonzalez worked
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"Yoo and Gonzalez worked dilegently (sic) to make sure that Bush was the imperial President and that no laws or the Constitution applied to him or his veep. "

Sort of like the President worked so diligently to make sure the ACA didn't apply to him or his union buddies?

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/12/14 - 08:21 am
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Time machine.....very good
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Time machine.....very good one! The point is, owensjef, is that my life today is affected just as much by my ancestors being enslaved as yours, which is zero.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 03/12/14 - 08:33 am
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Who hates American, I thought
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Who hates American, I thought we were all upset about the 1st amendment .

owensjef3
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owensjef3 03/12/14 - 08:40 am
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It not that simple , there's
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It not that simple , there's the stuff that happened between 1865 and 1970, however my parents taught me to keep doing positive things and good things will happen.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 03/12/14 - 08:41 am
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Bod you know KSL won't read
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Bod you know KSL won't read all that. Lol

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/12/14 - 08:49 am
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Let's no forget that "the establishment clause" did not apply to
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Anglican Church in America. Tell the truth now.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/12/14 - 08:51 am
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Citizens were being jailed for their faith after "the clause".
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Citizens were being jailed for their faith after "the clause".

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/12/14 - 08:52 am
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First case. Baptist Church uses government land for church.
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First case. Baptist Church uses government land for church.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/12/14 - 08:55 am
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Who you gonna file your petition with?

The Federal gubmint?
Puh-leeze.
You can petition until you're blue in the face. The only real remedy is:
Go vote in the primaries and in November and throw the rascals out.
That's all it takes.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 03/12/14 - 09:00 am
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The title sounds like an

The title sounds like an introduction to a Slave narrative.

The black people always win Oscars when they portray either a Slave, a big time criminal, a whore, or a big time drug dealer.

"Slavery was a component of the economic system of the time. "
Why couldn't non slaves do as much of the work? Were those whites LAZY? I wonder...

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/12/14 - 09:02 am
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I'm glad you have the ability
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I'm glad you have the ability to read minds, and know what someone will and will not read.

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seenitB4 03/12/14 - 09:14 am
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Time machine

I wish we could go back & change a few things...guess who wouldn't make the boat ride....& I would bet the same complaints would be ongoing in the country of their birthplace....those that managed to LIVE!

I can see 500 years fron now----same old conversation....

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/12/14 - 09:33 am
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We all agree

Things would be way different in the United States today without slavery 150 yrs ago..

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