This in response to Amy Sullivan’s TIME Swampland article, 09 August 2011
Governor Rick Perry has far from changed the rules. Please reread the first amendment:
“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.”
Many have grossly misinterpreted this essential work of Jefferson & colleagues and unfortunately, you have joined that clan. The founders clearly targeted congress alone and moreover, only dealt with passage of law. There is absolutely no prohibition for, or even a discouragement of anyone, including a politician or office holder, to hold a prayer rally that is in complete accordance with our cherished freedom of speech and has nothing to do with passing any legislation.
Our founders meant only to prevent religious tyranny as was the cause for exodus to the new world and was prevalent in the American colonies through the Anglican church prior to the break with England and the establishment of the United States. Keep it simple as intended in the beginning.
Please refrain from irresponsibly establishing your own errant version of the preeminent first amendment and encouraging others to do so from your influential position in the media.
Jerry Clifford, the Word Guru
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