Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wingnut on the Right Tries to Re-Write the U.S. Constitution

First we have U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-IA) making the bold assertion that the founding fathers "...worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States." And that's why it took 78 years from the time the Constitution was signed to the official abolition of slavery with the enactment of the 13th amendment.

Now we have Bryan Fischer, the "Director of Issues Analysis" for the American Family Association (AFA) stating
"Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam. Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy. While there certainly ought to be a presumption of religious liberty for non-Christian religious traditions in America, the Founders were not writing a suicide pact when they wrote the First Amendment."
Interesting point. Except, I believe there's an easy rebuttal to that argument:
"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."
That's the first amendment to the Constitution. The emphasis is referred to as the "establishment clause" and it's a pretty big fuckin' deal. But that doesn't matter, right? Of course not. Remember, if you're a Christian, you have a right to be one; if you're a Muslim, it's a tentative privilege, revocable at any time by people that hate and fear you (without significant reason).

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