It’s Freedom of, Mr. Hall, Not Freedom from

Recently, US Army Soldier and Atheist Jeremy Hall decided to test the limits of our nation’s tolerance and sue the the army over harassment because of religious discrimination from his superiors. Of course, as the basis of his lawsuit, Hall is using the last refuge of all scoundrels: the First Amendment. Specifically, the part that says:

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

First, Mr. Hall, I don’t see what you’re complaining about. It wasn’t Congress that was harassing you over being an infidel. Secondly, and most importantly, the First Amendment says they can’t prohibit free exercise of religion. It says nothing about not being allowed to prohibit free exercise of irreligion. Nice try, Mr. Hall.

I think the intent of our Founding Fathers is quite obvious. After all, the Declaration of Independence mentions the Creator. And this document is the very basis of our modern government. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration that hot July 4th morning in 1776, he intended for the word “Creator” to signify that the fledgling United States be a nation of Christians. But Jefferson, believing in the enlightenment ideals of equality and fraternity, decided to allow believers of all stripes to be part of the world’s first democracy. This is how our Christian Founding Fathers intended it to be.

It is self evident that the creators of this great nation conceived it in the liberty to believe in whichever god you please and dedicated it to the proposition that all theists are created equal. Although Christians more so than others. After all, the Founders were Christians.

I’d like to conclude this post by acknowledging John F. McManus, the current president of the John Birch Society. His insightful commentary on the lawsuit was what inspired me to write this article in the first place. Mr. McManus, I am indebted to you. Now go out there and get them commies!

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~ by norealname on May 3, 2008.

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