Christianity has flourished in the United States since its founding. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution restrains the government from abridging the religious rights of its citizens so that people may worship as they see fit, with or without like-minded people, and that they may live their lives in accordance with their faith, without restriction.
The underpinning of this religious liberty is a general freedom that every citizen possesses as a right granted from God that cannot be taken away by the government. Our Constitution protects our freedom so that each person may pursue God’s plans or happiness for their life without government forcing upon them its own plans.
If we had a government forcing its own plans we would be subjects to a king or other sovereign ruler or state. Then the government, without restraint, could prohibit freedom by decreeing what is an acceptable belief, vocation, or public expression, and what is not acceptable. A person who violates these decrees would face some punishment that could include imprisonment or death.
A tyrannical government issues decrees by its whim without accountability or oversight. But the U.S. government is made up of three branches designed to protect our liberties and to protect us from tyranny. The legislative branch is to makes laws that do not violate our constitutional rights. The executive branch is to enforce the laws that have been created and the judicial branch is to interpret laws to determine if they are constitutional or not.
The judicial branch, though, has departed from their restrained role of interpreting laws and has become tyrannical. The U.S. Supreme Court has overstepped its bounds and has made decrees regarding existing law that grants rights or denies rights based on a liberal view of the Constitution. A liberal view, or loose view, is to infer meaning in the Constitution even though it violates the framers' original meaning or the original intent of the text. They simply create ‘law’ by whim that previously didn’t exist to advance a political or cultural cause. Liberals justify this power grab because they say the Constitution is a living document, which means that it should evolve as society changes.
The Constitution is not meant to evolve through interpretation, though. It is the fundamental principles of our country that all other laws are built upon. Its meaning must stay the same or it becomes a flawed document and a weak foundation. Article five of the Constitution is the mechanism to make changes. If society wants to amend the Constitution, then that is the proper way to do so. It shouldn’t involve unelected activist judges, but rather the elected legislature and the elected state houses as outlined in Article five.
A strict constitutionalist, on the other hand, tries to determine if a law is constitutional by determining the Constitution’s original meaning as it was originally intended. These are the types of justices that we need on the Supreme Court. They will protect our republic from society’s tyrants who want to enforce their will on the American people without their consent.
The Supreme Court is made up of nine lifelong justices. There is currently one vacancy on the court left by the passing of strict constitutionalist, Antonin Scalia. If the Supreme Court goes liberal with the next appointment, then some of our religious rights and other freedoms could be in jeopardy.
Activists want the court to decree broad hate speech laws that includes biblical beliefs about morality. This will mean that our pulpits and public statements will come under scrutiny whenever someone is offended. Not only speech, but liberals will try and require private business owners to provide work that is against their religious beliefs; this will include priests and pastors having to marry same sex couples. There are many other rights that the left would like to take away; some that we cannot even imagine yet.
If we are not diligent and elect the right candidate for president, then our religious freedom, as well as any of our freedoms, can be taken away by judicial tyrants and activists. Our next president will appoint one justice to the open vacancy, but may have the opportunity to appoint one or two more additional justices. If we value our freedom, then we must elect a president that will appoint strict constitutionalists.
Hillary Clinton will appoint liberal justices that will overreach and legislate from the bench to decree laws on our society restricting our freedoms. Donald Trump will appoint strict constitutionalists that will interpret the Constitution correctly and give power back to the states.
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.