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Re: “How much of the 1st Amendment is protected on Arkansas State University football helmets

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

It doesn't get any easier to understand than than that. It says that the government can not make any laws that establish a national religion. A good example of this would be the Church of England (which many early Americans were escaping when they came here.) So basically the government can not set up a religion and enforce it on the people. They also can not prohibit the free exercise of religion. Nowhere in the first amendment does it mention separation of church and state. That is an incorrect term that is loosely thrown around to describe part of the 1st amendment. Therefore it is not illegal for the government or a government funded institution to place a cross or any religious symbol on anything that it owns. It can even favor one over another if it likes. It just can not force someone to wear the symbol or force them to practice the religion that the symbol stands for. At least that is how it was originally intended. I guess our founding fathers thought future generations would have the common sense to correctly interpret something this simple. Judging from most of the comments here it seems they were sorely mistaken.

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Posted by Bradley Vickers on 09/20/2014 at 1:35 AM

 

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