A great late 20th and early 21st century political philosopher occasionally remarked that his talent was on loan from God. Just like a professional athlete who had special abilities, he felt his abilities were endowed by his creator. His critics may have falsely believed that this was an arrogant statement, but the complete opposite was true. The philosopher was humbled that his God endowed him with special talents. Talents that he surely felt would help make the world a better place. The talents this man possessed are protected by the Constitution of the United States. This man, as a U.S. Citizen, is free to practice the religion of his choice. Free to speak about his religion in public. Free to congregate in public with other members of his religion. He is even free to get together with other members of his religion, while passing out pamphlets and selling flowers at airports around the country.
Nowhere is it written in the U.S. Constitution prohibiting the philosopher or any other American from practicing his religion. The only thing the Constitution says is: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of a religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Pretty self explanatory. First, Do not start up a government based religion (Americorps anyone?). No National Church of the United States. Second, do not prohibit the free expression of religion. If another citizen wants to put up a cross on a publicly owned piece of property, provided he has the proper permit, that is not establishing a new religion. If a city councilman wanted to pass a law making the Koran be placed in dressers at every hotel in his city, now that would be violating your 1st amendment rights. I also have a suspicion some government bureaucrat is responsible for spell-checking koran with a capital k.
Now that I have versed you dummies on a key part of the 1st Amendment, (It is the first because it is the most important Dummie!) I must explain to you in capital letters: NO WHERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION IS THERE THE MENTION OF SEPERATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. Get over it, it is not in there. It is not in there, along with granting you the right to marry whomever you want (I will address in a future article why our government has no business giving sanction to marriage. Marriage is a private contract, it should not be granted special privileges by our government over any other contract between two parties.), the right to health care, carbon free energy, animal rights, plants rights or any other left wing dreamed up right by some LSD tripped, marijuana fried brain of some left wing college professor. Some bat-shit crazy St. Louis Cardinals fan is offended that some Cardinals employee drew a picture of the cross on the pictures mound. If you do not like that some employees of you favorite sports team is honoring the sign of the cross, just be glad your team is not nicknamed the Angels, Padres or Saints. If you are offended that your favorite sports team is named after a religious symbol, you would really be offended if they were nicknamed the Patriots or Redskins. Left wingers like to believe that separation of church and state gives them the right to publicly quiet religious people. While no such right does exist, I do share sympathies with the late George Carlin. Carlin once remarked that “Religion is like a pair of shoes. Find a pair that fits you, but don’t make me wear your shoes.”. I have my own take on that, “DON’T MAKE ME TAKE OFF MY SHOES IN PUBLIC!”