Five hundred years ago, most nations in the world were ruled by monarchs and only nobility and the aristocracy had any rights. To speak out freely about the crown was tantamount to treason and punishable by years in prison or death.
The same held true in colonial America under British rule. British tyranny went so far that anyone who said anything negative or expressed criticism against anything or anyone from Great Britain was labeled a traitor and punished. In many cases, the British would also confiscate all of the wealth, possessions and property of the guilty party.
Now put yourself in the position of the Founding Fathers who risked everything they had including their lives, just by speaking out against the British and then signing the Declaration of Independence. So after 8 years, 4 months and 15 days of bitter and costly war, our Founding Fathers were owners of their country and set about establishing a form of government that guaranteed many of the freedoms they were denied by the British.
After writing and ratifying the US Constitution, they realized the need to form the Bill of Rights to further guarantee our freedoms. The very first amendment they wrote stated:
“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 importance of protecting the freedoms of religion and speech were foremost to our Founding Fathers. They wanted a nation where people were free to worship as they wanted and not fear to speak out if they had a grievance with the government. The Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15, 1791.
At that time, America was a republic, meaning the people elected officials to represent them and their will in the federal government. America today is no longer a republic. It’s a cross between a democracy where the people elect officials to rule over them regardless of the will of the people, and an idiocracy, a government run by idiots. That means that many of the freedoms secured by our Founding Fathers are no longer guaranteed and subject to discretionary enforcement, especially the First Amendment.
For instance, the Justice Department and state civil rights commissions are actively prosecuting anyone who speaks out against homosexuality, gay rights and the Obama administration. Hundreds of patriotic, conservative and Christian groups were targeted by the IRS at the instructions of Barack Obama. Dozens of wealthy GOP donors experienced unwarranted audits, sometimes more than one in a single year, by the IRS.
Just look at how many Christian business owners have been sued and fined by speaking out for their Christian faith and against gay rights and homosexuality. Even Christian pastors have been targeted for preaching what the Bible really says about the abominable sin of homosexuality.
And let’s not forget how the government has been monitoring our phone calls and correspondence and then taking action against some people who they believe pose some kind of threat. American citizens have had their homes raided because of something they said on social media.
And speaking of social media, hundreds of students have been disciplined by school officials for things they’ve said or posted on their personal webpages and social media on their own time away from school. Other students have been disciplined or had school work rejected or failed because they spoke about God, Jesus, hunting and guns. One grade school student was suspended for saying that he wish he had a gun so he could protect his fellow students. He said it on the school bus and the bus driver reported him.
On the opposite side of the issue, anyone can say anything they want against God, Jesus, Christianity, traditional marriage and parenting or conservatism. You can stand outside an abortion clinic and promote the murder of unborn children but if you call it murder and say abortion is wrong, you can be arrested. Teachers can stand in front of a classroom full of students and mock God, Christianity and the Bible. They can even humiliate a student that’s a Christian. But if the same teacher was to say anything supportive of God, Christianity and Bible, they could lose their jobs and the school sued.
No matter how you look at it, the First Amendment right of freedom of speech appears to apply to liberals and atheists and not to conservatives and Christians. If you love God and America and speak out saying so, you could find yourself in legal trouble. However, if you hate God and America and say so, your right to say it will be vigorously defended by our government and the courts.