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My views on government were formed by actually reading the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the civil rights amendments that begin with the Bill of Rights. With regard to religion, the First Amendment states "Congress shall make no laws respecting the establishment of religion, or preventing the free exercise thereof." The prohibitions stated are against the government and not religion. Indeed, religious freedom is so important that it is the first "individual" civil right that the government is not allowed to touch. All the other civil rights are basic human rights that government is not allowed to touch.

In the mid 1950s, Congress added the words "under God" as a law to the Pledge of Allegiance. For an individual to use that form of the pledge, it is protected "free speech," but it is unconstitutional because Congress made a law regarding a basic individual right to religious freedom, witch it is not allowed to do. The government cannot mandate religious practice!

The Fourteenth Amendment protects everybody's rights to citizenship, and not just the American children of illegal immigrants. If their citizenship rights are attacked, any group of Americans can lose their citizenship based on the feelings of a majority, a minority or the results of a poll.

I have officially sworn to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States three times, but those oaths merely formalized my personal beliefs. If you consider the founding fathers screaming leftists, I suppose that makes me a screaming leftist!

Pervis James Casey

Riverside, CA

Aug 19 2010 - 5:56pm