THE ACLU & CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
November 3, 2005
"[How] to check these unconstitutional invasions of... rights by the Federal judiciary? Not by impeachment in the first instance, but by a strong protestation of both houses of Congress that such and such doctrines advanced by the Supreme Court are contrary to the Constitution; and if afterwards they relapse into the same heresies, impeach and set the whole adrift. For what was the government divided into three branches, but that each should watch over the others and oppose their usurpations?" --Thomas Jefferson to Nathaniel Macon, 1821. (*) FE 10:192
On December 1, 1955, a woman named Rosa Parks, tired from a hard day at work, refused to stand up, give her seat to a white man and move to the back of the bus. The story of her arrest and trial, a 381-day Montgomery bus boycott, and the ruling in November 1956 by the U.S. Supreme Court that said segregation on transportation is unconstitutional, changed the history of a nation. What Mrs. Parks did was practice civil disobedience. What she did was also very dangerous because of her race. I'm not certain many Americans today under the age of 40 can truly appreciate what Mrs. Rosa Parks started that day, but they should because it was long over due and it took great courage on the part of this average, working American.
When you exceed the speed limit, you are practicing civil disobedience. If you refuse to wear a seat belt like me, you are practicing civil disobedience.
The Christmas season is about to be launched and already the atheists and people of other religions are cranking up with their demands that there be no Christmas decorations, pageants or any other sign of Christianity in Christmas next month in these united States of America. I have no doubt the American Communist Lawyers Union (ACLU) is licking their chops, just waiting to swoop down on some elementary school planning a Christmas play. I say it's high time to make this Christmas season one of massive civil disobedience and take a stand, just like Mrs. Rosa Parks did so many decades ago.
This whole 'separation of church and state' garbage spewed by ignorant people and backed by the communists in this country masquerading as liberals over any display of Christianity or the Ten Commandments is bogus. In 1909, Teddy Roosevelt, America's 26th president said: "I believe that the next half century will determine if we will advance the cause of Christian civilization or revert to the horrors of brutal paganism."
The process to begin dismantling our Christian nation didn't take a half century. Efforts to crush all national sovereignty, promote unity amongst Americans of all religions, denigrate patriotism and push a Godless society upon our land began in 1947 and the assault has been relentless. A case known as Everson v. Board of Education [330 U.S. 1, 18 (1947)] started it all. Prior to this case, Americans cherished their Christian heritage, culture and celebrations. In the Everson case, a New Jersey State law authorized local school districts to make arrangements and rules for transporting children to public and private nonprofit schools. One school district, Ewing Township, directed students to use the public bus system to get to and from school, and then reimbursed their parents for the costs. The township made payments to parents of both public school students and students of private, Catholic schools - payments that were permitted under State law.
A Mr. Everson, taxpayer and misguided dupe, brought forth his silly assertion that busing children to both public and private schools would bring about the establishment of a state religion. Everson brought suit against the Board of Education. In State court, he argued that money collected as taxes for public education was being used instead to help support students of private schools-private schools that provided religious education on behalf of a particular church.
Everson claimed that the payments to parents of parochial school students violated the constitutional guarantee against the "establishment" of a religion contained in the First Amendment. The school board, Everson believed, had violated the constitutionally guaranteed "separation of church and state." The issue was finally addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Tragically for this Republic, the Supreme Court hallucinated the following in their ruling and announced that: "...the First Amendment has enacted a 'wall' between church and state that must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach thereof. We could not approve the slightest breach. New Jersey has not breached it here." Huh?
Justice Black delivered the opinion of the court which had some rather convoluted language justifying their position:
"The New Jersey statute is challenged as a "law respecting an establishment of religion." The First Amendment, as made applicable to the states by the Fourteenth, commands that a state "shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . ."
The Fourteenth Amendment states in part: "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States;"
The Fourteenth Amendment created a second class of "citizen", an important distinction few people understand. The 1947 Supreme Court took the position that the freedom to worship is a privilege, not a God-given right.
The Everson decision unconstitutionally and dramatically expanded the role of the federal courts without any authority and completely ignored the very precise wording in the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..."
Congress wasn't attempting to 'make any law respecting an establishment of religion' as cited in the First Amendment in the Everson case.
Please note there is no language about the states of the Union establishing a religion - only Congress. But, the 1947 Supreme Court used the Fourteenth Amendment to slip through the precise wording of the First Amendment.
I have never seen a single case or attempt by Congress to establish any religion that all Americans must worship. Never. Nor have I ever seen any Congress attempt to establish a mandated federal religion of any denomination. Never.
I have seen the ACLU swoop down on local school districts and threaten lawsuits if the children put on a Christmas display on school grounds or if a school wants to lead a prayer before a football game.
How could anyone interpret second graders or the teachers at Mainstream America Elementary School putting up a nativity display translate to "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion"? Congress has no presence at this elementary school displaying a Nativity Scene attempting to make a law establishing any religion.
How could anyone interpret a school district which allows decades old traditions like saying a prayer before a high school or college football game as a violation of "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion"? The prohibiting of a basketball coach sponsoring prayer at end of games and practices has absolutely nothing to with Congress standing in the locker room where a prayer is said attempting to make any law establishing any religion.
Post the Ten Commandments on classroom wall or even a court house and the AU or ACLU will come with a vengeance threatening a lawsuit and if they win, you will be forced to pay their legal costs - in some case hundreds of thousands of dollars. How could anyone interpret the posting of the Ten Commandments in any class room or court house as a violation of "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion"? Congress has no presence at any school room or court house attempting to make a law establishing any religion.
Have you ever seen Congress attempt to pass a law establishing a religion based upon kids at a local elementary school displaying the Nativity or jocks in the locker room saying a prayer? The whole argument is bull. In order for there to be a violation of "church and state" relating to the First Amendment, the House of Representatives would have to introduce legislation which would establish a religion for the united States of America. The Senate would introduce their version and if passed, a sitting president would then have to sign such a bill into law establishing a religion for these united States of America. Have you ever seen or heard Congress ever attempt to do such a thing? Can one not see now how absurd the Everson decision was and how destructive that decision has been for this republic?
The list of examples is a million miles long and it all began in 1947. Teddy Roosevelt said in 1909 that the next half century would determine whether or not "[America] we will advance the cause of Christian civilization or revert to the horrors of brutal paganism." It only took 38 short years for the communists to make their move to turn America into a godless state backed up by a few black robbed gods sitting in a court room. It's most unfortunate the gutless, counterfeit U.S. Senate back then didn't move immediately to impeach every judge who voted for this upside down ruling because it was bogus then and it is bogus now.
America is a Christian nation and it was founded on Christian doctrine. To attempt to say otherwise is to deny the very existence of our Republic and history. Let me ask liberals and politicians a question: What if 100,000 Catholics went to Israel and demanded that Israel become a Catholic country? What if 100,000 Baptists went to Iran and demanded that Iran become a Christian nation? What would happen if 100,000 Presbyterians or Methodists went to Communist China and demanded that China become a Christian nation? The answer to these questions is without a doubt each of those countries would say no, our history, culture and traditions are such and such and we will not bow to your demands. So, why then are the liberals, Muslims, Buddhists, Jews and atheists demanding in the loudest of voices that America can no longer be a Christian nation, that we should be forced to deny our very history, heritage and culture because some court back in 1947 made such a convoluted decision based on zero logic? And, we are being forced by an organization (ACLU), founded by communists, suing the Hell out of everyone and you and I getting stuck paying their lawyers!
Does this mean that Americans who wish to worship as Muslims, Jews, or Buddhists can't do so? Of course not. Does this mean that anyone in this country is forced not to worship any religion? Of course not. This is one of the most important tenets of the First Amendment - that you can worship the religion of your choice or choose atheism. I am sick and tired and fed up with all the special interest, non-Christian religious organizations, the American Communist Lawyers Union (ACLU) and the AU doing their absolute darndest to wipe out Christianity in the United States and deny us our Christian heritage.
Children saying the pledge of allegiance in a class room has absolutely nothing to do with "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..." I have never seen Congress attempt to make any law respecting an establishment of religion based on children at Sally Smith Junior High School saying the pledge of allegiance because it contains the words "One nation under God. Have you? Have you ever heard one single member of Congress say that because kids in a class room say the pledge of allegiance that Congress should pass a law establishing any religion?
Isn't it kind of odd, though, that the 1947 Everson ruling didn't become an issue regarding separation of church and state until a few decades ago? The addition of "One nation under God" came about in 1954 because, gasp! after a campaign by the Knights of Columbus, Congress added the words, 'under God,' to the Pledge. Whoa! Where was the ACLU and AU back then? Why wasn't a lawsuit filed immediately to block the addition of those words? Why did decades go by before these organizations finally decided to make the big push?
Every religion in this country today - except Christianity - is given great latitude and respect for their religious holidays. To say that Christianity in a Christian nation has been under attack for decades is an understatement. There can be no mistake if anyone takes the time to study the hard-core effect at eradication of Christianity and the Ten Commandments from America, you can see the moral rot and how its spread through all layers of our society. Of course, most people won't take the time because they don't want the facts to interfere with the mush that's been jammed into their heads via the governments indoctrination centers (public schools) and the boob tube.
The Republican controlled Congress (since January 1995) have refused to remove any federal judges. The counterfeit senate has refused to boot a single federal judge or supreme court justice, no matter how egregious their rulings, i.e., Kelo decision. As Rosa Parks got tired of being treated like a dog, it is also time the American people decide whether or not we're going to continue to have our heritage, traditions and celebrations forbidden in our own land or are the people going to stand up and just say no?
What do you suppose would happen if every single school in this country said, enough is enough and displayed Nativity scenes, sang Christmas carols, said prayers on school property during football games or otherwise? What if millions of Americans decided to find the courage of Mrs. Rosa Parks and said no, I will not bow to the will of the communist agenda? What if millions of Americans said I'm not going to shop at any store that calls Christmas "the holiday season"? While I disagree that Jesus Christ was born on Dec. 25th, the world does celebrate his birth on that day. It's not a holiday like going to the lake or chasing the Easter bunny. How would Jews or Muslims like it if we treated their most precious religious celebration as something so inconsequential as a "holiday"? Do unto others as you would have them treat you.
I know that too many Americans simply don't have the courage to say no to any state or federal government edict or law. Their will to resist simply is gone. You can bet that Mrs. Rosa Parks was terrified when she said no, but she had enough. I wish I could see a united America this December stand up and just say no to the ACLU and other special interest groups. Cause such a massive, national movement of civil disobedience that demonstrates we the people have had enough of this "separation of church and state" business. Displaying Nativity scenes of school grounds or in front of city hall or saying a prayer at a high school football game or calling Christmas Christmas has absolutely nothing to do with "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.." I wish that during the month of December I see ten thousand schools celebrating Christmas with all the trimmings. I wish during the month of December I will see Christmas trees in front of every city hall and court house across this great land. I hope this December I see a people united against oppression.
If the American people don't stand up and protest this "separation of church and state" malarky this December - that every Nativity scene at an elementary school or a prayer at a high school or college football game is a somehow a Congressional act to establish a specific religion in this country - a few short years from now there will be absolutely nothing remotely connected to Christ, Christianity or Christmas left in America's landscape. The push to instill the communist morality will be the accepted doctrine.
"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately." Benjamin Franklin, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence
What say you, my fellow Americans? Slavery or bravery?
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must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately." Benjamin
Franklin, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence.