Killing Freedom of Religion One Piece at a Time
The final piece of the constitutional puzzle that secured the freedoms of individuals in a fledgling republic was the incorporation of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. These amendments – The Bill of Rights – have been the primary safeguard for American citizens from a potentially powerful despotic centralized government.
The Constitution ensures that the government can only be granted certain powers derived by and given by the people.
Currently under assault are the first two amendments of the Bill of Rights. Although many realize what it is happening to our Second Amendment, many who favor the constitutional “stamp of approval” for same-sex marriage may not realize that they are supporting an end to Freedom of Religion.
The First Amendment will be forever altered if marriage is redefined by the state through legal channels.
As I wrote for TheTentacle.com over two years ago (in March of 2010) the assault on the religion continues unabated. At that time I wrote that this assault "may or may not have an absolute effect on our First Amendment." I would like to amend my statement. It will have an absolute effect by severely curtailing the way Americans will be able to worship and administer their parishes, churches, synagogues and mosques.
Just over two weeks ago, the Supreme Court of the United States took up two cases that deal with same-sex marriage. Their rulings or actions on California's Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) could change forever the ability of religious organizations to adhere to their own teachings without the heavy hand of a centralized government interfering in how the administer their ministry.
If either one of these rulings favor "same-sex marriage" then the legal assault on people of faith and their congregations will commence.
As most religious institutions will not recognize or perform "same-sex marriages," the people of a congregation that does not adhere to this sea change in social norms will instantly be subject to intimidation by the gay rights community and labeled as bigots.
Religious institutions could easily lose their tax-exempt status. They will face intimidation by proponents of same-sex marriage. They will face lawsuits due to “discriminatory” behavior or actions even though traditional marriage has been recognized as being between one man and one woman since recorded time.
Even though a great number of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage, or at least civil unions, it is certain that nearly all of those same Americans have not taken the time to look into what it will do to their basic First Amendment right to Freedom of Religion.