Tuesday, 02 September 2003

Repeal the 14th Amendment

Yeah, that’s right, you read me correctly. I would like to see an amendment to the United States Constitution repealed. Why? Because it would return power to the individual citizen, and to the states in which we reside.

Which pretty much means we’re screwed, doesn’t it?

Ilana Mercer makes an incredible case for repealing the 14th, using Judge Roy Moore and the Alabama Ten Commandments monument as a prime example. Of course, the Left would never stand for it, because they want all power to reside in the federal government any way, a far cry from what our Founding Fathers set forth.

First Amendment jurisprudence has tended to see the injunction against the establishment of a state religion as an injunction against the expression of faith especially discriminating against the founding Judeo-Christian faith in taxpayer-supported spheres. The end result has been the expulsion of religion from the public square and the suppression therein of freedom of religion.

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It’s difficult to see how the display of the Decalogue constitutes an establishment of a state religion or why Moore should be forbidden to so express his faith. The Ten Commandments are a civilizing moral code. Fine, the first few Commandments, among which are Commandments that exhort against idolatry and pantheism, do pertain to ethical monotheism. But other than those, why would anyone (bar the ACLU) object to “thou shall not kill,” or to “thou shall not commit adultery, steal, or covet?” The Ten Commandments can hardly be perceived as an instrument for state proselytization.

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Prior to that [ratification of the 14th —R], the federal government had no authority to enforce the Bill of Rights on the states, religious freedoms included. The Bill of Rights, very plainly, did not grant the federal government any powers, but was intended to place limits on the federal government’s actions. Ratified illegally after the War Between the States, the 14th Amendment overrode, to all intents and purposes, the doctrine of States’ Rights, to which Jefferson looked for the preservation of freedoms.

posted on September 2, 2003 1:37 PM




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