Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam, and steer clear of Wichita to pray. Unless you want to get arrested.
Here’s a trivia question for the police and the city officials of Wichita:
Which amendment to the US Constitution had the following wording go back and forth in various committees before the states ratified the final version?
On June 7th, 1789, this particular amendment to the US Constitution was proposed by James Madison: “The Civil Rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, nor on any pretext infringed. No state shall violate the equal rights of conscience or the freedom of the press, or the trial by jury in criminal cases.”
Then, on July 28th, the House Select Committee offered the following wording: “No religion shall be established by law, nor shall the equal rights of conscience be infringed.”
Representative Samuel Livermore then offered the following on August 15th of that same year: “Congress shall make no laws touching religion, or infringing the rights of conscience.”
The House of Representatives finally arrived at the following version on August 20th: “Congress shall make no law establishing religion, or to prevent the free exercise thereof, or to infringe the rights of conscience.”
The Senate then took up the bill and dinked around with it, offering the following wording on September 3: “Congress shall make no law establishing religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
The Senate’s final version came on September 9th: “Congress shall make no law establishing articles of faith or a mode of worship, or prohibiting the free exercise of religion.”
Then, in Conference Committee, this wording was proffered: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
On September 24th of 1789 the final wording was accepted by the House of Representatives, and the Senate accepted that wording on the very next day. It was ratified by the States in 1791.
Let’s read that part again: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Step 1: Engage brain.
Step 2: Read and consider the meaning of the debate.
Step 3: Note the term “AMENDMENT” to the US CONSTITUTION.
Step 4: Note that in Wichita, Kansas, you get arrested for praying.
Where’s the ACLU?
Should we continue to accept Wichita as part of America? They are no longer abiding by the US Constitution. . . .