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Lesson 2

The 1st Amendment

    “The first to plead his case seems just,
    until another comes and examines him.”
    Proverbs 18:17

 

    #1. What is the wording of the 1st Amendment?

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 “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 peaceable to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.”

    #2. What is the meaning of the 1st Amendment?

    RESOURCES
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‘Wall of Separation’ - Roger Williams and the Baptist origin of the phrase.

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God and Jesus in the Constitution and Declaration

Church in the U.S. Capitol by David Barton

The Separation of Church and State by David Barton

Misusing ‘separation of church and state’ by Bill Federer

    #3. How did Thomas Jefferson get involved?

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    #4. When first misinterpreted and misapplied?

Who gave us the unconstitutional wall of separation between Church and State?*

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*Excerpted from Citizen magazine (2000).     Also see Everson v. Board of Education - (1947)

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    #5. A simple explanation:

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     “The First Amendment was not made applicable to the individual States by the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution; contrary to what Judge Black wrote in his 1947 ruling in Everson vs. Board of Education and in his 1962 ruling in Engel vs. Vitale.”                                
                               Bruce Barilla

 

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The 1st Amendment Explained
excerpted from
Separation of Church & State:  The Great Deception

Dr. D. James Kennedy with permission from Coral Ridge Ministries

     "The whole power over the subject of religion is left exclusively to the State governments, to be acted upon according to their sense of justice and the State Constitutions," wrote Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story in his Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833. Who was Joseph Story? He was the founder of Harvard Law School and appointed to the Supreme Court by President James Madison - the same James Madison who introduced the First Amendment in the first session of Congress.

    #6. Now what?

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William Horton letter to editor
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Letter to the Editor, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV, February 2, 2008

    #7. Use the right words!

Summary:

1. The First Amendment is a restriction on the U.S. Congress only; from establishing a national religion and from prohibiting the free exercise of religion on federal, state, county or local governments or the people.

2. It is not to be applied against state, county or local governments or the people.  State constitutions contain their own Bill of Rights.

3. When discussing the First Amendment one should not use the term “separation of church and state” as it is not applicable, is very misleading and misunderstood.  This metaphor is used today usually against Christians and Christian purposes in the public square. The First Amendment should simply be quoted as written and properly explained and applied.

End of Lesson 2

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