Leave it up to mankind and what happens…?

To be certain we have wanted to address so much more of the 1st Amendment than we, in many articles exhaustively have done. However, on every act of either the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of government there will always be that proverbial “next expert” that seems to chime in on whatever the issue may be. To this end we have tried to be as objective as possible – to include identifying farces, idiosyncrasies, misinterpretations, as well as our own learning. Therefore without further adieu we implore you to read and give feedback on the following article.

In recent years the Supreme Court has placed the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise of Religion Clauses in significant mutual tension, but it was not so for the Framers. None of the Framers believed that a governmental connection to religion was an evil in itself. Rather, many (though not all) opposed an established church because they believed that it was a threat to the free exercise of religion. Their primary goal was to protect free exercise.

The free exercise of religion was of course the main thrust of James Madison’s famous Memorial and Remonstrance (1785) in which he argues that the state of Virginia ought not to pay the salaries of the Anglican clergy because that practice was an impediment to a person’s free connection to whatever religion his conscience directed him.

Conscience or the sense of right and wrong including obedience, as well as having a shared viewpoint through the shared concern for moral issues developed at a cultural level thus becoming the social conscience standard of America as the Framers worked on the free exercise of religion aspect of the two clauses.

More coming this week here at the American Age

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