Ok, this is scary, the ACLU is going to teach children what the Bill of Rights mean? But, they seem terribly confused on the meaning of both, The First and Second Amendment.
From The ACLU:
Amanda Gelender has been an activist and lobbyist on several key issues in her school and in her community, including the death penalty, the “war on drugs,” marriage equality, student rights, racial profiling and police brutality. For the past two years, Amanda has been a passionate and dedicated leader with the Youth Activist Committee [Young Communists] of the ACLU of Northern California’s Howard A. Friedman First Amendment Education Project. In this role, she has helped to educate her fellow students about the core principles of the Bill of Rights and how those rights are relevant to their lives.
Let’s grade the ACLU on the Bill of Rights, shall we? Let us just look at the first two Amendments.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
Read that carefully, this is where the concept of the separation of church and state comes from. Where in there does it state any such thing? How does praying, wearing, or displaying, religious items in public or government buildings relate to CONGRESS ENACTING A LAW to establish a religion? It doesn’t, that is meant to prohibit the creation of the Church of The United States of America. They did not want another church of England established here and that is all it means.
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
What about the second part of that sentence? It seems the ACLU has stricken that from the First Amendent. We all, should be able to freely express our religion; in public and at work.
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.
The ACLU seems to only care about free speech they agree with, not Christian religious free speech, but a wiccan opening a government meeting with an invocation that is fine.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
First, a well regulated militia is clearly stated by the Founding Fathers, that would be the Framers for you Politically Correct folk, to be the citizenry of the USA. ANYONE who has studied U.S. history and the Constitution knows this, and refuses to accept it.
Second, it clearly says the right of the PEOPLE, not the state or the state’s military, to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.
From the Free Dictionary:
verb infringed, infringing
- 1. To break or violate (eg a law or oath).
- Example: You are infringing the copyright by using that material
- Thesaurus: violate, break, infract.
2. To encroach or trespass; to affect (a person’s rights, freedom, etc) in such a way as to limit or reduce them.
- Thesaurus: encroach, intrude, transgress, overstep, trespass, violate.
- Form: infringe on something (especially)
- Form: infringe upon something
3. To interfere with (a person’s rights).
- A violation of a law, right, etc.
- Thesaurus: encroachment, violation, trespass, transgression, noncompliance, breach, infraction, nonobservance.
Etymology: 16c: from Latin infringere to break.
The Founding Fathers wrote often on this subject, stating it was an individual citizens right for providing food, self protection, defense of the country and to prevent against a Tyrannical Government.
The best decision I have ever read on this topic was in Emerson v. U.S. (pdf). I highly recommend anyone with an opinion, or question, on this matter read this decision.
Now you know the TRUTH about the American Communist Liberation Union (ACLU).