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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Conservatives Of The Upstate: A Look At The 1st Amendment:
Part 2: Freedom Of Speech, or of The Press

"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."

1) Congress … this indicates that only the United States Congress has the power to alter our unalienable rights. This means that ONLY the Congress has this power, but when it comes to the Constitution and the amendments - Congress COULD make the law but they CANNOT in the outlined circumstances. The only way Congress COULD alter the rights provided is by adding an amendment. Note that "case law" is an oxymoron. There is no such thing. Those trying to take away your freedoms would like to make you think that decided cases are somehow law, when in fact, they are merely opinions that still can be argued before the courts. Also note that recently the Supreme Court ruled ObamaCare constitutional by completely rewriting the Affordable Healthcare Act to say it was a tax; thereby making it a law. The Supreme Court does not have the authority to create a federal system or law - ONLY Congress can do that - and again - in most instances they CAN NOT!.

This said, the Bill Of Rights (or the first ten amendments to the Constitution), is a clarification of what our God given rights are. These rights are presented in CLEAR language. The Bill Of Rights is a list of rights that not even the United States Congress can "toy with".

2) shall make no law … it doesn't get any more poignant than that. NO LAW can be made that would infringe upon these rights enumerated in this amendment.

3) or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; … That is to be said all together - it's not two sentences.

Freedom of speech is definitely one of our most prized rights in this country.

Politicians have for decades tried to stifle free speech. Most recently, politics have tried to remove conservative talk show hosts like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh from the radio and television. It was also discovered that conservative groups were being targeted in audits by the IRS.

With the responsibility of having the freedom of speech, we must cede to allow all forms of speech. This includes pornography. However difficult that may be to accept, the case of pornographer Larry Flint serves as a lesson. We have the responsibility to teach our children and to honor our bodies. The government is not your nanny. If you don't want to have pornography in your life, you can stand against it, but you cannot tell Congress to make a law to remove it. It is considered free speech or free expression.

This said, Conservatives Of The Upstate takes a strong stance against pornography. We, as Christians, should have a moral compass to know the difference between right and wrong. Pornography is clearly wrong. Pornography is difficult to avoid in today's media exploitation, but we must do our best. We must also stand against it and we can be successful in removing it from our communities, but we cannot petition for a law to be created to remove it.

The first and second part of the first amendment tie into each other. We are to have freedom of religion thereby also having the freedom to SPEAK about religion and to print anything we care to about our religion ~ whatever that peaceable religion may be.



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