Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A MEANINGLESS AMENDMENT?

Michael and Joy Wheeler are going to get a new trial, the date is August 11 and they will be represented by the Alliance Defense Fund. They had wanted a mis-trial but they got a new trial date instead. What did they do you ask? Well they spent a night in jail Nov. 7 after being arrested at the Kansas City Area Transit Authority's Transit Plaza on the corner of 10th and Main streets on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing. They were witnessing to people about Jesus Christ and praying, on public property. When they were told they had to leave, they did not seeing as it was public property and they believed in the First Amendment, and so they were arrested! For those that are not familiar with the First Amendment here it is;

"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."
— The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, went into effect on Dec. 15, 1791. Here are some worthwhile quotes to ponder;

“Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime . . . .” — Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

“The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.” — Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson

“First Amendment freedoms are most in danger when the government seeks to control thought or to justify its laws for that impermissible end. The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought.”—Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy

“Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis

Now go back, read the first paragraph and pray for Gods mercy on this country!

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pastor tom