So, how many of you have actively read the United States Constitution? I would imagine not many really, it is after all a very dense document and open to many different interpretations. While I am not going to evaluate the entire document, there are some key points that I do want to address. I suppose the best place to start is with religion and what the Constitution says about it. Would you be surprised by the fact that the base text, this does not include Amendments, have very little mention of religion. In fact the only direct mention to religion is in Article VI section 3: “but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” That’s it, really go look it up that is all that is there.
Now, some may argue with me about Article VII where it states “the year of our Lord.” Well, let’s put that to rest rather quickly, that has no overt religious bearing at all. In fact it was the common way of referencing the year, much in the same way you will see A.D. on the year now. Which incidentally A.D., or Anno Domini, means “the year of our Lord.” In the 1700s this was the way of formally dating important documents, nothing more.
It would behoove anyone that chooses to argue about the Constitution to really study it. The bits and pieces that we hear in various arguments are taken out of context and one really needs to study the text to understand for themselves what the intentions of the drafters were.
The Amendment system is simply atrocious. Although we have only ever overturned one amendment in the history of our Constitution there are many that should never have had to be amendments, if not for the conflicting values of society at the time; such as the abolition of slavery, civil rights and women’s suffrage. It is easy to see why it will take a Constitutional amendment to make marriage equality a fact in this nation as every individual is trying to impose their own value system on everyone else, and that is not how this country was designed to be.
The purpose of our Constitution was to establish the role of the federal government as well as the rights and responsibilities of the people. It has since become a crutch that people use willy-nilly to support any action they deem worthy. Not every issue needs to be a Constitutional issue; most can be resolved by applying simple common sense. Unfortunately in this country common sense is quite the rare drop and until such time that people can think clearly without imposing their own values we will never live up to the dream imagined by the drafters of the Constitution.
- Liberals really do not get the First Amendment (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Religious test, religious rights (bokertov.typepad.com)
- Letter: Constitution specifies no religious test for president, so avoid it in governing (tcpalm.com)
- The US Constitution and Its Amendments: Shaping and Reshaping America (atransitoryyes.wordpress.com)
- The Separation of Church and State: An Essential Principle (victorhugg.wordpress.com)
- The United States Constitution in Simple English Now Available (prweb.com)