Religious Freedom In The First Amendment 101
I often wish I had attended law school for the sole purpose of being able to argue religious freedom cases. Face it, Christianity and Judaism are under attack by the congregation of liberalism, communism, and progressivism—and make no mistake, these -isms are the ideologues’ religion.
As Christians in America, we owe it to our fellow Christians, the church, the great cloud of witnesses, and most of all to Christ, to understand the finer points of the attacks. The organizations who carry out these onslaughts are funded by the lone Satanic figure George Soros, an on-the-record atheist and Nazi. These organizations serve as Soros’ minions, who in turn serves as one of Satan’s biggest, baddest minions.
Soros and his cross chasers serve absolutely no purpose in society. If they did, they would be doing something worthwhile that served society at large. Instead, the minions spend their lives (sad really) chasing after 100-year old crosses in small-town parks, and optional Bible classes in a public school (Because the classes may cause kindergartner Amy Atheist to feel bad because she doesn’t attend with the other kids. Do you see the tear in my eye? It’s there for Amy’s soul, not her feelings).
First Amendment Religious Freedom
Regarding religious freedom, the first amendment consists of two parts:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
- establishment of religion
- free exercise of religion
Did you know that a three-part test for Establishment Clause analysis called the Lemon Test guides inquiries into this area?
The three-part Lemon Test asks:
- Does the law have a secular purpose? If not, it violates the Establishment Clause.
- Is the primary effect either to advance religion or to inhibit religion? If so, it violates the Establishment Clause.
- Does the law foster an excessive governmental entanglement with religion? If so, it violates the Establishment Clause.
This and much, much more can be found in the resources below. Each is a single webpage giving a general overview of each part of the first amendment’s religious freedom guarantees along with case examples related to each.
Read them. Read them multiple times. Seek to understand them, as my mother would say, “like the back of your hand.”. This will be a tremendous help in defending the nooks and crannies, nuts and bolts, of this sacred liberty.
Little children, you are from God and have overcome the [antichrists, i.e. ideologues], for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:4-6