Thursday, April 1, 2010

2010 Congress Declares Catholicism to Be the Official Religion of USA

After months of secret, closed-door meetings in Congress, a bill has been signed that would formally make our official religion that of the Speaker of the House Pelosi: Catholicism. This of course means that everyone's tax dollars would go to support the Catholic Church and all interaction between government and religion would be done with a Catholic Priest presiding.

Oh, haven't you heard about that in the news? That's because it's my little "April Fool" joke, but there is a point to it. The First Amendment's Establishment Clause was specifically written to prohibit that type of action by the Congress. If we carry that restriction down to the state level because of the 14th Amendment (arguable), then no state legislature could do this. That is why our First Amendment starts with these words:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion"

That's the entire Establishment Clause. I don't read that as an attempt to stop schools from having Christmas concerts, or to stop local city councils from opening meetings with prayer, or to stop school children from doing essays that have a Christian theme, or to keep the Ten Commandments out of the public square, or to do many of the other things that are done today in the name of the First Amendment. It is to keep worship free and a matter of private decision. It is to keep the government from forming something akin to the Church of England.

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