For centuries, the Roman Catholic Church reserved the right to read the Bible for clergy only. For the most part, the people were kept in the dark as to what the Bible said. The Church only told them what they wanted the people to know and nothing more.
This is one of the criticisms that a young German priest had with the Church. He believed that people had the right to read God’s Word and know for themselves what it taught. Martin Luther translated the Bible into the common German language of the time and helped distribute copies to the people. The Church was furious with Luther and even sought to have him executed.
Luther also took exception to the Church’s practice of selling indulgences as there was absolutely nothing biblical to support it. He believed the Church was using the unbiblical practice to pad their cash boxes at the expense of the uneducated people.
Martin Luther’s actions launched the Protestant Reformation.
The leaders of the American education system are using the same tactics used by the Roman Catholic Church to keep Americans uneducated and ill-informed about what our nation truly stands for.
When I was in high school, we were required to take a class on American government. In that class, we were required to read the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, US Constitution, Bill of Rights and the rest of the Amendments to the Constitution. We also had to take a class on state government and read the state constitution. We were tested on them to make sure we knew what they said and what they meant.
From the people I’ve spoken to over the past decade or two, I would safely say that less than 10% of them have ever been taught these things in school and even fewer have actually read the Declaration of Independence or the US Constitution. Worse yet, I read an article about year ago that stated that nearly 75% of men and women graduating law school have never read them either. Their classes on constitutional law only covered what someone else said the Constitution said, but they never had to read it for themselves, nor did very many of them to do so on their own.
Following the example of the Roman Catholic Church and the Bible, our current education system, including many law schools, are keeping the people uneducated about our founding documents. Yet these uneducated people are now talking about their constitutional rights being violated when they have no clue what the Constitution actually says.
For example, nearly 100% of the people I’ve asked believe the Constitution states that US Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life unless they resign. It doesn’t say that anywhere. Article III, Section 1 states, ‘The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour.’
Likewise, most people believe that the Constitution specifically states that there shall be a separation of church and state. It doesn’t! They are referring to the First Amendment which states ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…’ Please take note that it specifically says that Congress shall not establish a religion. It says nothing about any separation between church and state. The authors of this amendment wrote this to avoid a state established DENOMINATION, like the Church of England or similar state controlled denominations in other European countries at the time.
Americans are being told what the liberal leaders want them to know about our nation and what exactly their constitutional rights are. If the people don’t know what the Constitution really says, it makes it all that much easier for the leaders to bypass it and do what they want, regardless of the constitutional legality, just like the Roman Catholic Church did with the selling of indulgences.
In today’s world of the Internet, I not only encourage, but insist that everyone take the time to read the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution for themselves. Before you criticize what is going on and demand your ‘constitutional rights’, know what you are criticizing and demanding. If you can’t be bothered to take the time to inform yourself about our nation’s founding documents, then I don’t think you have much of a right to criticize and make demands and should just stay home and shut up.