In yet another blitheringly idiotic attempt to squash the First Amendment’s protections for the free exercise of religion, the Bremerteron School District told a coach he was not allowed to pray…
…AFTER THE END OF THE GAME.
Thankfully, a good, savvy lawyer had the presence of mind to note, “It is a violation of the First Amendment, and other federal laws, to prohibit Coach Joe from going out on the field and praying after the end of the game.”
We need to take our country back from ignorant people like Ken Aulgur who said, “It’s a downer to my daughter who’s one of the cheerleaders here, ’cause its not about the fun of Homecoming and the dance and everything else.”
Gee, Aulgur, THINK. Your daughter wouldn’t HAVE a Homecoming dance “and everything else” if it weren’t for the prayer of righteous men and women who fought and died to establish and preserve your freedoms. Prayer has been a VITAL component of the religious faith upon which this country was founded and maintained. It’s at the base of all its freedoms, which YOU and your daughter enjoy to this very day. Yet you ignorantly sit there and say, “It’s a downer.”
Really, Aulgur? Here’s a thought: YOU’RE a downer, literally, when you attempt to bring down the freedoms that make our country great.
Would you rather live in a faithless society where social strata, caste systems, and slavery is the norm? Not I. Where the right to a free trial is a myth, and the government can bust down your doors any time it wants? Not I. How much more of a downer would that be for you?
No thank you, Aulgur! You’re one of the same class of sheep Hitler lead to the slaughter in Germany, the ones who went willingly. NO WAY I’m going to sympathize with your brain-dead position that praying after the game is “going to the extreme.”
YOU’RE the extreme – blight, that is, on American principles and values.
This veteran will keep my FAITH, and I will continue to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” I will continue to back our First Amendment and the rest of the Bill of Rights. They didn’t give us our freedoms. God did that, which is one of the reasons WHY we pray, for Thanksgiving, not only for our freedoms, but for the fact that none of the boys were injured during the game.
The First Amendment does, however, protect our freedoms, including the free exercise of Joe’s religion right alongside your freedom of speech. If you want to disparage Joe’s freedom to exercise his religion, I strongly suggest you start by giving up your own freedoms and SHUT THE HELL UP. If you believe that’s not fair, well, you’re right. It would not be fair. Neither is it fair for you to keep blabbering your mouth on CNN while disparaging Coach Joe his own right to freely practice his religion as protected in the same amendment that protects your freedom of speech.
For many of us, our Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms is more than a right. It’s our duty. When we swore to “protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” we undertook an oath to perform a duty.
There are many ways to go about protecting our Constitutional rights within the law, but the most effective way to protect our rights while informing the minds of the ignorant, a large part of the “domestic enemy,” is to simply exercise them throughout the normal course of our day.
When I carry my firearm, I don’t go out of my way to be noticed. In fact, I wear conservative clothing and behave normally, the same as I always behave.
I take the same approach towards our other rights, including freedom of speech.
I exercise my rights because of what happens when we don’t exercise them. People forget what they look like. People forget that they even have rights. Societies become “too polite,” which is a nice way of saying “politically correct.” Norms shift from freedom, the objective Constitutional standard of the free exercise of one’s rights, to the subjective politically correct standard based on avoiding “making a fuss,” “rocking the boat,” or “offending someone.”
Offense is not a legitimate reason to forfeit one’s rights. Neither is alarm. The Supreme Court has already decided this on several fronts, including racial equality, freedom of speech, and the right to keep and bear arms. While we may attempt to minimize offense or alarm in the exercise of our rights, it is impossible to eradicate either, and attempting to do so undermines the rights which it is our duty to protect! Let’s face it – people are offended by all kinds of things: The color of my skin, the length of my hair, the fact I served in the military. Heck, some folks are problem alarmed by the length of my hair, or the fact that I drive a truck!
Are those reasons to forfeit my right to keep and bear arms? They are not.
What about alarm? “OMG! He’s got a gun!” Thankfully, that’s not a statement I’ve heard any time in the 22 years I’ve been carrying a firearm, either on or off duty, including the last 2-1/2 years during which I’ve predominantly open carried. In fact, I’ve been thanked more than a dozen times, and have had at least that many conversations during which I’ve been asked about the local laws governing our Second Amendment rights.
I’ll close with a final thought: Holding true to what’s right will always offend some people, and it will always alarm others.
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