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Bryan Fischer: First Amendment Only For Christians


I would argue that the actual text of the First Amendment makes no reference to Christianity specifically, therefore Mr. Fischer's unbelievably arrogant comment is unfounded.

My guess is that Fischer is basing his statement on the idea that 'the Founders were all Christian'. Surely, in the late 1700s the colonies/original states were predominantly Christian, but that is the genius of the Founding Fathers; they refused to name a specific religion (e.g. Christianity) in the document.

Using Fischer's logic, the First Amendment should read:
Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a certain denomination of Christianity, 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.
...because isn't that why the Pilgrims/Puritans first came to America? They wanted to be Christians and worship as they saw fit. They felt that the King of England was 'respecting only certain denominations of Christianity'.

Alas, the First Amendment does not name Christianity specifically. In our great nation, you can choose to be a Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Jedi, or one of hundreds of different belief systems. Or, you can choose to NOT worship anything. That's the beauty of freedom. That's the beauty of a non-specific amendment -- we're all covered.

This is just another example of religious elitism; one zealot thinking that his religion is 'greater than' all of the others. The First Amendment does not value one belief over another.