Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Day To Remember The Constitution

We participated in two activities today that remind us of the widespread attacks on the Constitution currently underway in our country.

In 1777, a committee, which included Thomas Jefferson, met in Fredericksburg to revise and rewrite Virginia’s laws. They produced a document, known as the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which later served as the basis for the guarantee of religious freedom in the Bill of Rights. In 1932, the monument was erected to recognize this great achievement. The monument is located near Washington Ave. and Pitt St. in Fredericksburg.

Today, August 1, marks the day that the HHS Mandate takes effect, demanding that Catholics and others must now violate their deeply held religious beliefs or face persecution, and prosecution. This morning members of local Knights of Columbus councils and others gathered at the monument to bear witness to their faith and to mark this egregious attack on the Constitution by the Obama administration. I was excited to speak with folks at the gathering who were not Catholic, but who were there to protest the president's attack on First Amendment rights.

Later in the day, we ventured over to Chic-fil-A for a meal to show support once again for the Constitution and the First Amendment. Leftist activists are attacking the fast food chain because the company's president stated his personal support of "traditional marriage," based on his Christian faith. For that, the mayors of Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC, and other cities stated that they would work to ban the restaurant from doing business in those cities, despite the illegality of doing so. The attackers ignore the fact that Chi-fil-A does not discriminate in its hiring or service.

It's interesting to note that the mayor of Chicago welcomed the rabid anti-gay leader of the Nation of Islam to the city with open arms. This belies his claim that the indignation towards Chic-fil-A is a "gay rights" issue, when in fact we are facing an anti-Christian and anti-Constitution issue.

I'm reminded of how the Nazis in 1930s Germany ordered a boycott of Jewish owned stores. Now in 2012 Democrats are calling for a ban on a Christian-owned business. A government entity attacking a private business for the personal beliefs of the owner was a scary proposition in Germany, and it's just as offensive today. I even saw a call on Facebook for slashing customer tires at Chic-fil-A today from the "tolerant" left.

Both of these events bring a focus on the First Amendment to the Constitution. These are not specifically issues for Catholics, nor are they "gay rights" or partisan issues. What we are facing today are direct attacks on the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech, the very foundations of our way of life. There's a reason our founding fathers placed these rights first. When the First Amendment falls, the rest will go easily. The forces behind these attacks won't stop with just some our natural, God-given rights, they'll deny more and more until we are nothing more than slaves of the state.

We must be resolute in standing up against these assaults with every fiber of our being. The government is not the grantor of these rights. Government is supposed to be the protector of rights. When the government begins taking away what is not its to grant, then freedom is lost. Freedom lost is not easily regained.


  1. I admire anybody (Chick-Fil-A) included willing to take a stand for what they believe in. I respect the anti gun crowd,,,,,after all they are entitled to their opinions as much as anybody else is. But in return I ask them to leave me believe what I want to & I happen to love guns. Why is it Americans now have this idea that everyone has to be stamped from the same cookie cutter? As soon as your morals and values are different than the so called "mainstream" you are singled out and made an example of. Suddenly you are accused of being a "hater". Call me a hater or whatever else you wish,,,,I could not give a rat's ass. Where do all the ego centric idiots get off assuming they make the rules? There are tons of things I disagree with,,,,,,,but in order for me to maintain a sense of sanity I need to remember that the ONLY person I can change is ME!

    My Grandmother always told me as a kid "if you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything". Thanks Grandma!

    Rant over.

    1. Rant away Ron, it's welcome here. :-) I wish more people would stand for something more than a free lunch.

  2. "Freedom lost is not easily regained"
    If ever. This one simple statement is why I go into a full blown rant anytime anyone posts about what a rino Romney is, and how they'd just as soon vote Obama to just bring it down quicker "so we can remake it".
    Fools errand.

    1. kx, I feel the same way. People don't understand the gravity of what is at stake and the gravity of the whittling away of rights.

  3. I've been in a bit of a WW II reading mode this year and one thing I've noted is how a lot of people just let Germany slide into fascism because they had a leader with personal magnetism.

    1. PH, that is a scary, but accurate observation. When you mention the similarities between then and now, some folks get very defensive. That says there's something they know but can't bring themselves to really accept.

    2. Denial is a scary thing. I almost hate to say this but I have ZERO faith & ZERO trust in ANY form of government to make common sense decisions good for the people.

      I wonder if it is denial & lack of acceptance or just plain laziness,,,, IE:I don't care, the problem belongs to somebody else, they created the problem let them fix it & so on.


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