Understanding the Establishment Clause
The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution is the first Clause in that Amendment. It was not placed there by mistake. It was based upon the experience of the parents of the members of the First United States Congress. It was ratified by the States and became, in the eyes of most US Citizens, The Law.
It is taught in our classrooms. It is quoted in our newspapers. It is read aloud on our televisions. It is kept in our museums and available to anyone who cares enough to actually read it.
It’s important to understand why this is the first Clause in the First Amendment. An understanding of the events that led to the decision to make it the First of the First is necessary to place this Clause in its proper context.
The events that led to the proposal of this Clause, and its ratification as the First Clause of the Bill of Rights, were the Thirty Years’ War and the Third English Civil War, the latter of which partially occurred during the English Protectorate of the Seventeenth Century. The Founders of our country were aware of these events, in both living testimony and the remembered testimony of their parents, who lived though them. This was not dead history centuries ago. It was the memory of people who were there.
Any competent student of history will already be aware of the religious persecution during these events, as well as persecution after them. The persecution that followed the Third English Civil War drove those people who sailed on the Mayflower, often referred to as the Pilgrims, to emigrate from England to what would become the United States. And these people retained memory both living and dead of the persecutions of themselves and their parents. Many US Citizens revere them as the first of us.
The memories of these people included autos-de-fé in which victims, convicted for religious “crimes,” which included refusing to renounce their religions, were burned alive. They included forcible live dismemberment by horses of such victims. They included summary rape followed by homicide of such victims, aggravated by disposition of the corpses by nailing them up upon their own doorways and thresholds, or in prominent positions on their property. Victims included all sexes and ages, including babies, pre-pubescent women, men, boys, and adult women.
I see no reason to offer to titillate by the presentation of the further details of these heinous acts. Anyone who cares to do the research will find these disgusting stories in the historical record. In fact the descriptions and depictions of these acts are worthy of Dante, Hieronymous Bosch, Torquemada, or the Marquis de Sade. And some of them are worse than anything these people ever described, depicted, or imagined.
These are the horrors religious persecution had wrought in the living memory of the Founders of the United States. It’s no surprise that they believed these horrors should never visit our shores. And they chose this Clause of this Amendment to be First for these reasons.
This is the First Clause of the First Amendment. If you cannot accept this you have no right to claim to be a US Citizen. Plain, simple, easy, and obvious. If you don’t like our Constitution, LEAVE NOW. Simple as that. Go someplace else and do what you like. Here in the United States this is The Law. It’s not law that governs what you may do. It’s law that governs what the government may do, and it doesn’t matter what you claim it should do. It doesn’t matter what you vote for and it doesn’t matter what your elected representatives vote for. This is the First Clause of the First Amendment to the US Constitution. It’s obviously the most important thing the Founders of our country found to say after they constituted our government, and anyone who tries to gainsay it doesn’t want to live here and doesn’t want to be a Citizen of the United States. If you don’t want it, LEAVE NOW.
If you want to shove spears up the private parts of Muslims, LEAVE NOW. If you want to burn atheists alive, LEAVE NOW. If you want to burn down Jewish shuls, Moslem mosques, Catholic churches, or any other religious order’s sites of worship, LEAVE NOW. You must leave because you cannot accept the First Clause of the First Amendment. You are therefore not a US Citizen; you do not accept the US Constitution. It’s as simple as that. There’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.
I am tired of watching all the fluff about the executive orders of the criminal who claims to be the President of the United States. These criminal acts must find their match in the US system of justice and the US Constitution. If you don’t like the US Constitution you are not a US Citizen and you should be deported immediately unless you recant. LEAVE NOW. To hell with the immigrant hunts, I want Constitution Denier hunts followed by deportations to Russia or whatever other third world hell these individuals choose.
Get over it. Take your religious war with you. We know how those end up, and we will not join you in your self-immolation. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Repeat it somewhere else.