By Ron Crumpton
Candidate Alabama State Senate District 11
- Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore
Once again, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore has made comments about our First Amendment rights that prove he is not qualified for the job he currently holds.
In his comments to the Pastors for Life luncheon in Jackson Mississippi, an event sponsored by Pro-Life Mississippi, Chief Justice Moore stated that the rights guaranteed to all Americans in the First Amendment only apply to Christians because “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures.”
“They didn’t bring the Koran over on the pilgrim ship,” he said. “Let’s get real, let’s go back and learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.”
I think it is the Chief Justice that needs to learn his history and his bible before he ventures to make statements that imply that the constitution supports an organized Christian government.
First, the Chief Justice needs to realize that Mohammed was a profit and not god. In the Islamic religion, Allah is God.
Second, he needs to read the book of Genesis and the story of Isaac and Ishmael.
Isaac was the son of Abraham by his wife Sarah and Ishmael was the son of Abraham by Sarah’s maid Hagar. Out of jealousy, Sarah said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.” (Genesis 21:10)
Abraham was against this, ” But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the lad and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your descendants be named. And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.” (Genesis 21:12-13)
The descendants of Isaac are the Jewish people and the descendants of Ishmael are Arab people. This was the original split between what would become Judaism and Christianity with what would become Islam.
The point of this story is that both come from the same father and same creator Mr. Chief Justice.
That brings us to the Pilgrims, and while I cannot prove it, I would bet that they did not bring a copy of the Koran over on the Mayflower, but that is aside from the point. The very lesson of the Pilgrims is that state sponsored religion does not work because not only do Christians not believe the same things that other religions do, Christians cannot even agree with what other Christians believe.
The Pilgrims journeyed to the New World because the state sponsored Church of England was persecuting them for their religious beliefs. The oppression faced by Pilgrims ranged from fines for not attending state sponsored religious ceremonies to church condoned violence against them for exercising their religious beliefs.
The kind of state sponsored religion that the Chief Justice is suggesting is the very reason why they left England for the Americas.
When our founding fathers wrote the constitution, they remembered their history and the history of their former “Mother Nation” England, which had just suffered a 100 years of war and strife over battles between Protestants and Catholics, who were both trying to establish their religion as the nation’s religion, and they decided to begin the Bill of Rights with the following statement.
“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.”
This was a promise from our forefathers that this country would never have a state sponsored religion and that the state could not dictate religious doctrine to the Church. It was so important to them that they codified it in the first 16 words of the Bill of Rights.
Now, I have looked at several copies of the US Constitution this morning, and I am yet to find the “Buddha didn’t create us” clause that the Chief Justice mentioned. In fact, I cannot find any mention of the creator, Buddha, Mohammed, Allah or Christianity in the first Amendment text.
So, where does the Chief Justice get these assumptions?
He would like to say that it was the intention of our forefathers that we be a Christian Nation, but that just doesn’t stand up to historical scrutiny.
George Washington, the country’s first president said, “The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”
Thomas Jefferson, the very model of the term founding father, said, “Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person’s life, freedom of religion affects every individual. Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the “wall of separation between church and state,” therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.”
In fact, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Paine and others made similar statements in support of religious freedom.
Apparently, none of this maters because once again, an Alabama Republican is making statements about a “Christian Nation,” statements that are just not supported by the constitution or the founding fathers.
It is sad that the Chief Justice knows so little, or cares so little about the law that he does not care that his argument that the First Amendment does not apply to non-Christians is invalidated by the First Amendment itself.
Arguing that the phrase “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” does not apply to some religions because we do have an established religion does not prove that we are a Christian Nation… It proves you are a moron.
While I, like most Alabamians, come from a strong Christian background, and believe in god and his son Jesus Christ, I do not believe that government has the right to push that belief on others. It is against the law that founded this nation, and when you look at the history of state sponsored religion and harm it has caused society, it is against reason.
The Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of all Americans, and government should not violate the rights it bestows.
Until we realize that denying rights to others, only goes to place limits on our own rights, we are never going to realize that it may be the government that limits our rights unfairly, but it is our own actions that give them the power to do so.
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