Dear Christians, I understand your stance is based on your beliefs, but please do your best to recognize the tinderbox that this nation is becoming and recognize your roll in it. There's plenty of "blame" to go around without creating more by placing such demands on the constitution based on your beliefs. I haven't a single doubt that if it were say, the second amendment that was under assault and not the first, you'd be congregating on the streets in your defiance instead of remaining in the building you call church. I do not. I will not denigrate your faith, belief, and/or religion, I will certainly challenge it, but that is not the same thing as denigration.
Please understand that your belief is not the only one, that your rights are not the only rights that find their protection under the U.S. Constitution.
"The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government. "
If you choose to defy the constitution on the grounds of your beliefs then you will have set a precedent that could likely become exponential, therefore plunging us into further chaos, and, from what I can gather, we don't need to tumble any further down the rabbit hole than we already have.
I strongly recommend you and your congregations reconsider your stance here, not change your beliefs, but change your timing, the potential for a battle between religious and secular, etc, is too great and could not come at a worse time for this nation. We are a nation that appears to be on the brink of devolving into a police state and on the brink of instigating another abominable war, a fact that those who could care less about we the people, would welcome without batting an eye. Please, you seem to have politicians subverting the very constitution they promised to uphold, so it is due time to change tactics as a reasonable people and begin in earnest to love your fellow man without judgement, and this plea is not just for Christians, it is a plea to Muslims, Buddhists, Hindi, Athiests, Jews, etc, it is a plea to We the People, all, our sovereignty depends greatly on our present actions.
I strongly recommend we begin to gather our wits before it is too late and we find ourselves without a discernible goodness due to our blindness stemming from our unwavering and overly prideful convictions.
Love all. Cherish home. Usher in Peace, be like the little children.
Blessings upon all, not some, all, surely this will please God...
Love, Peace and Forgiveness
© 2015 Mark Richard Prime