With respect to Red Skelton and his explanation of the Pledge of Allegiance, I’d like to offer a similar explanation of our 1st Amendment and what is going on in King NC & the Veterans’ Memorial.
If you aren’t familiar with this story, ONE INDIVIDUAL has filed suit against the City of King, NC to have the Christian Flag and a Memorial Statue removed from a city park. That persons name is Steven Hewett.
On January 9 2015 — The Flag & Statue were removed due to the city not being able to afford the court costs…. estimated at over $2 Million. They settled instead of fighting.
“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.”
Congress – The US House of Representatives and US Senate
Shall – expressing the future tense
Make – to bring into existence
No – not in any degree or manner
Law – A rule or piece of legislation
Respecting – regarding; concerning
An – the form of a before an initial vowel sound
Establishment – something established; a constituted order or system.
Of – Preposition – used to indicate specific identity or a particular item within a category
Religion – Faith or belief in God
Or – To further define
Prohibiting – to deny
The – used, especially before a noun, with a specifying or particularizing effect
Free – enjoying personal rights or liberty to do something
Exercise – something done or performed as a means of practice
Thereof – of that or it
What this portion of the 1st Amendment is stating is that Congress has NO POWER whatsoever to regulate, define, or encroach upon an individuals right to worship as they see fit. It does NOT protect someone from being offended, or upset at something they see. It does NOT provide any grounds whatsoever to give ANY COURT (State, Federal, or Local Municipality) the power to rule on Flags, Displays, Monuments, or Inscriptions on public property. It does NOT define a “Separation of Church and State” as some legal indocrinatees seem to believe. As a matter of fact, NO WHERE in our founding documents does it say ANYTHING about “Separation of Church & State”. That was from a letter written by Jefferson to the Dansbury Baptists;
“Gentlemen, – The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me on behalf of the Danbury Baptist Association give me the highest satisfaction. . . . Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties. I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and Creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association assurances of my high respect and esteem.”~ Jefferson, Writings, Vol. XVI, pp. 281-282, to the Danbury Baptist Association on January 1, 1802.
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Fourteenth Day of January in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Fifteen.