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Constitution Advocates Seek to Restore Freedom of Religion Clause to Original Meaning

The American Civil Rights Union has submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court which seeks to restore the framers’ original intent of the First Amendment’s freedom of religion clause. The group argues for a new constitutional standard protecting religious freedom in the case Mount Soledad Memorial Association v. Steve Trunk which involves a cross at a veterans memorial some wanted taken down.

“ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara, author of the brief, which requests the court review the argument for the case, explained, “At the time the First Amendment was adopted, the countries of Europe all had ‘Establishments of Religion,’ which meant official government religions enforced by laws requiring attendance at the official church, regular contributions to it, and other preferences in law for members of that church.

“These establishment policies all involved government coercion to force citizens to support the one favored church. Almost all of the American colonies had such establishments as well, with legal compulsion or coercion as their hallmark,” he continued in a statement released Wednesday.

“These practices, and anything like them involving coercion in regard to religion, are what the framers meant to prohibit in adopting the Establishment Clause, for this is what an Establishment of Religion meant at the time. They did not mean, however, to prohibit any voluntary, public, religious speech, or religious expression or symbolism, which do not involve any such coercion.” – Christian Post

While hoping the court will take the case, the ACRU would like the justices to adopt the Coercion Test “so that communities all across America can breathe easier when it comes to public expressions of our religious heritage,” said Susan A. Carleson, chairman and CEO of the ACRU. “It’s time to end the constant harassment by those who misread the First Amendment and demand to erase all traces of religion from the public square.”

Read more here: http://www.christianpost.com/news/constitution-advocates-seek-to-restore-freedom-of-religion-clause-to-original-meaning-71464/

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2 Comments on “Constitution Advocates Seek to Restore Freedom of Religion Clause to Original Meaning”

  1. Merrilee Slaton March 16, 2012 at 5:31 am #

    Shall make NO law respecting the establishment is very clear, the amendment was to protect us from exactly what is taking place, the establishment of Atheism, Naturalism and Evolution (yes it is a religion to its followers) as state religion taught in our public schools.

  2. Merrilee Slaton March 16, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    this is just plain stupid why are the people of the school district allowing her to stay in office.

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