Urban Legends of the Bill of Rights: First Amendment

 

Double-standards and those who practice them regularly and with convenience have annoyed me to the nth degree long before I ever was transformed and regenerated by the power of the Spirit of God to become a disciple of His Son, Jesus Christ.

You’ll read about a real, blatant double-standard in the last paragraph of the article below.

We’re a nation of double-standards, liars and hypocrites. Truth be told. All to often pointing fingers when we all, each of us, ought to be pointing our fingers as we peer into a mirror.

We’re in a time of great societal tensions and divisions. Reminding me of the mid-1960s into the mid-1970s, which I lived through, and beginning to look similar to the great divides and anger rising of the U.S. Civil War, which I did not live through.

In this upheaval and tension a lot of misinformation is created, passed around, adopted and believed to be the truth. There is only one truly true truth. That’s the Word of God. The only true truth there is even though we are living in the period in history when the belief, the philosophy of Relativism is at its greatest ever. Ever. Ever. Let’s be clear.

Not familiar with Relativism and the tsunami of relativistic thought which permeates every aspect and intitution of modern-life?

Relativism is the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist only in relation to culture, society, or historical context and not are absolute. Nothing is absolute. That whatever an individual believes is their truth and applies. But that what you believe might not. Because it clashes with their truth.

Relativism also will tell you nothing is true. But how can their statement then be true. Where has logic, sense, critical thinking and reason gone to? Have those 4 qualities thrown it in, retired, moved to some remote island and opened a shop for tourists? What gives? Well, what gives is the absolute truths — which do exist. What gives is morality. The facts of history. All the foundations which have underpinned societies and cultures for millennia. And the ones who were aberrant? Did not have their societies and cultures founded on these basic truths? They eroded, fell apart and vanished. They’re also the ones so many lost in this present world admire, study, worship, travel to see their remaining crumbling ruins and profess were great and better than what was created in America, in Judeo-Christian places with morals and respect, reverence and worship of the One True God. And, with Christian places, worship and knowledge and living to please the Lord, Jesus, and attempt to live according to the Bible.

Not always succeeding, surely, stumbling a lot along the way, as we all do — but not removing the foundations, not removing or corrupting the foundations.

There’s a lot of ignorance in America. Around the world. A lot of ignorance regarding history, regarding the founding documents of America and what they mean, a lot of misinformation and ignorance about what is in the Holy Bible and the direct ties to God, Jesus and the Holy Bible and America. It’s founding. It’s prospering. It’s going on.

One of those great bits of misinformation and ignorance pertains to the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment. Which will be cleared up in the article below.

Let’s work on praying and thus living to end the double-standards. The lying. The finger-pointing. The ignorance. The refusal to use the brains the Good Lord gave us for a reason. Let’s stop regressing and falling down and finally stand. Boldly. Learning and knowing the truth, and, oh, yes there are really true truths. Rock solid truths. And history.

Let’s learn them. And not appease the lost, the ignorant, the lying, the double-minded, the falling down drunk in the false doctrines of this world and the origin of those falling down drunk in lies doctrines. If wondering, find out who is the father of lies and the first liar on this earth ever. And he’s still plying his art form worldwide and growing his audience.

Let’s work on putting him more out of business and let’s deal in the business of the Truth, the Way, the Life and the Light and not fear the lies, liars, double-minded appeasing of this world.

Learn the facts. And do not fear in telling them

And pray for our nation. Pray for America’s people. From sea to shining sea, around those amber waves of grain and purple mountains majesty and all points between. North, south, east, west and every place everywhere. From the highest to the lowest. From the richest to the poorest. From the chief among sinners to those struggling to live the faith.

 

Ken Pullen

ACP — A Crooked Path

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

 

Urban Legends of the Bill of Rights: First Amendment

 

 

Monday, September 23, 2019

By Bryan Fischer

Reprinted from: American Family Association

 

 

You’ve heard that the Bill of Rights protects group rights – you heard wrong.

Every right protected in the Bill of Rights is an individual right. There is no such thing as a collective right or a group right under the Founders’ Constitution. Every right – the free exercise of religion, speech, press, assembly, petition, the right to keep and bear arms, the right to be free from unreasonable searches, the right to a trial by jury, the right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment, etc. – is a right that belongs to every individual American. It belongs to him as an individual and not because he is a part of a favored group.

You’ve heard that churches have religious liberty rights because they are churches – you heard wrong.

The fact that constitutional rights are individual rights is clarifying in a number of ways. For instance, churches do not have religious liberty rights because they are churches. They have religious liberty rights because every individual in them has religious liberty rights.

Newspapers do not have the right to freedom of the press because they are newspapers. They have the right to freedom of the press because every reporter who works for one does.

This, by the way, answers the question about whether bloggers or Facebook posters or Tweeters have freedom of the press rights even though they are not professional journalists or members of the institutional press. Of course they do. Every individual American possesses the right to publish his opinions in any form whether he gets paid to do it or not. A blogger has exactly the same right to freedom of the press as a reporter for the New York Times.

Amazingly, even the 9th Circuit nailed this in 2014 when they ruled in the Obsidian v. Cox case that blogger Crystal Cox was entitled to the First Amendment right to freedom of the press. “As the Supreme Court has accurately warned, a First Amendment distinction between the institutional press and other speakers is unworkable.”

This is why the Court was certainly correct in its Citizens United ruling, which authorized corporations to engage in electioneering. The reason is simple: associations are simply associations of a whole bunch of individuals who possess the constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of political speech. Because every member of an association possesses an individual right to freedom of speech, then the association does too because members of the association do not forfeit fundamental constitutional rights just because they work in concert with other individuals who have the same right.

Said the Court, “If the First Amendment has any force, it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech.”

It might be added that churches constitutionally have exactly the same constitutional right. A church consists of an association of individuals who have the right not only to the freedom of religion but also to freedom of speech. IRS or no, there is no way under the Founders’ Constitution for churches to be restricted from engaging in as much electioneering as they wish. Now the vast majority of churches won’t, but that’s not the point. They all, each and every one of them, have that right and may exercise it if they wish.

The liberal black church has engaged in direct political action for decades. Politicians speak in their pulpits regularly on the Sundays immediately prior to elections, and their pastors urge their parishioners to vote for the Democrat they just heard from the pulpit. Constitutionally, there is nothing wrong with this in any way, shape or form. The problem is when the IRS tries to stop conservative churches from doing the same thing. That’s an infringement on their First Amendment right to freedom of speech as well as their right to the free exercise of religion.