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Freedom of Religion

Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression – Ratified December 15, 1791

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

That is it. The first amendment to the United States Constitution. Pretty clear, isn’t it? It doesn’t say that all Americans shall be Christian rather it states that there shall be no established religion. In other countries, there are state religions. But not here. We are free to worship as we want, gather peaceably as we want, or not worship or gather as we want. We are free from the government telling us what our religious beliefs are and how we should practice those beliefs.

I want to note that it does not say, anywhere, that this does not apply to Muslims. It applies to everyone who is a citizen of this country. The government can not tell a group that you can’t build your worship facility or practice your faith. The government that is by the people, of the people and for the people can not do this. So we, as the people, can not do this. If we want to have the freedom to practice our religion as we see fit, we have to allow EVERYONE to be able to practice their religion as they see fit. No matter who they are or what some fringe members of their religion may have done.

If you don’t agree, then either move to a different country or let’s make a national religion here. I vote for Lutheran. I am Lutheran. It serves me well. I was born Lutheran and, God willing, will be a Lutheran the rest of my life. I love the church and I love the way we worship. When we make it the national religion, I’m sure you will love it just as much as I do.

By the way, some things that won’t be happening when all Americans are Lutheran.

  1. There will be no praying with beads or saying the rosary or having to go to confession like the Catholics do. Lutherans don’t do that so you can put your rosary beads away.

  2. Baptists? Hate to tell you this but I know you don’t believe in drinking or dancing but Lutherans love beer and dancing. Have to get used to that so prepare to enjoy a good brew now and then.

  3. All of you Pentecostals who believe in speaking in tongues and prophesy? Yeah, that will stop. Lutherans don’t believe in speaking in tongues and prophesying ended with the Old Testament as far as we are concerned.

  4. Now, about the Amish. I know you probably won’t like it but Lutherans drive cars. Sometimes trucks or motorcycles but definitely not horse and buggy. You will all have to get a driver’s license and take driver’s ed. Sorry about that.

I could go on and on and explain how Lutherans are different from Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. but you get my point. If we are going to have a national church and it is Lutheran, we are all going to have to worship God the way that I do. Oh, and that is the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, not Missouri Synod or Wisconsin Synod or that new CORE Synod. All Lutherans, which will be all Americans, will accept women in positions of leadership and we will allow gay marriage and gay ministers.

What is that? Making everyone become Lutheran goes against the Constitution? Really? Well, if you don’t want to all conform to what I believe, why are you trying to force Muslims to conform to what you believe? Why are you giving them a hard time because they want to build a new community center? They are guaranteed by the Constitution to gather peaceably, the same as the rest of us.

You either believe in freedom for all Americans or you don’t. You either believe in freedom of religion or you don’t. If you don’t allow them to build their community center as they want to, then put your flags away, tear up the Constitution and stop calling yourselves patriots. The way you are behaving is hypocritical and sad and casts a bad light on all Americans.

If you do want to continue to fly your flags and call yourselves Americans, then let the Muslims in New York City build their community center and stop harassing them. And, if you are one of those people who have protested, held up signs or gone on TV or radio and criticized them, please apologize. It is what every polite, true, honest American would do if they have made a mistake.

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