Friday, October 05, 2007

Please keep your faith beliefs confined to the basements of your churches

It seems every day we hear about another incident in which some group is trying to banish God from the public eye. It seems they just won't be happy unless they can be reassured they they will never run across a public display that may symbolize or attest to someone elses faith beliefs (Christianity in particular). I've been in many on-line forums or blogs where posters are even irate over teachers wearing cross necklaces in their child's classroom!

What ever happened to the adherence of 1st amendment rights.

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.

It seems that many of these protesting groups only consider the first 10 words of the amendment.

Evidently a ruling has been passed that puts a ban against the word "God" being used as religious expressions on flag certificates. An Ohio lawmaker urged Pelosi to review and reverse the rule.

First amendment rights come into play here, and if this rule is not reversed we run into situations like the following:

Turner said the constituent, Paul Larochelle, and his son Andrew had requested a flag flown over the Capitol on Sept. 11 which Andrew, 17, was to give to his grandfather after being inducted into the Eagle Scouts.

They asked that the certificate of authenticity accompanying the flag read: "this flag was flown in honor of Marcel Larochelle, my grandfather, for his dedication and love of God, country and family." The Architect's office, citing its own rules, returned the certificate with the word "God" excised.

"The word 'God' is carved into the walls of both chambers of Congress," Turner said in a statement. "The Architect is the custodian of the Capitol and currently maintains several religious symbols in the building. If permitted, removing 'God' from the Capitol flag ceremonies will be the precedent for removing 'God' from the Capitol, and this cannot be permitted."