Let’s Be Honest, Republicans Would Love to Repeal the First Amendment

bachmann-constitutionWhile conservatives often claim that liberals are the ones who “hate the Constitution,” it seems to me that conservatives are often the ones who’ve landed on the wrong side of history when it comes to most major events in our nation’s history.

For conservatives, religion, guns and states’ rights are often the three “go to” arguments they’ve latched onto for decades.

They’re completely obsessed with the Second Amendment.  Often because they believe the “big bad government” is out to violate the Tenth Amendment (states’ rights) so they need guns to “overthrow tyranny.”  You know, kind of like the South tried (and miserably failed) to do during the Civil War. Then they’ve often used religion to justify their ignorance (See: slavery, denying women the right to vote, segregation, opposition to interracial marriage, abortion and same-sex marriage).

They’ve also used “states’ rights” to justify their attempts to force their religion onto millions of people who don’t follow their particular set of religious beliefs.

This, of course, is a violation of the First Amendment.

But let’s be honest for a moment.  When it comes down to it, conservatives hate our First Amendment.  They hate it because it gives Americans the freedom of religion.  It prevents them (or at least it should, though the conservative justices on our Supreme Court seem determined to ignore our freedom of religion) from being able to force their religious views on others.

See, many conservatives truly believe that the United States is a nation that was founded on Christianity.  They believe our Constitution was written by God and that our rights are divine.

They believe all of this despite the fact that the words “Christian,” “Christianity” or “God” don’t appear even once anywhere in our Constitution.

If Republicans had their way, they’d repeal and rewrite our First Amendment.  They might deny this, but it’s true.  They’d take away our freedom of religion and base everything on Christianity.

While conservatives take even the slightest hint at some form of gun regulation as a “terrifying attack on our Second Amendment rights,” I say with complete certainty that if they had their way they wouldn’t just continue to violate our American right to be free from religious rule, but they’d repeal and rewrite our First Amendment.

Because, to them, “religious freedom” only pertains to Christianity.

It’s like George Takei wrote following the Hobby Lobby ruling, if a Muslim business owner was trying to deny American employees their Constitutional rights based on Sharia Law, conservatives would be losing their minds.

But because Hobby Lobby is owned by Christians, they’re applauding the ruling.

And that’s the truth of it.  Republicans love talking about “religious freedom” as long as it’s Christianity.  If it’s any other religion they see that as a violation of their rights.

Because the truth of the matter is, when it comes to out First Amendment, most conservatives deep down aren’t fans of it.  How could they be?  It denies them the right (or at least it’s supposed t0) to force millions of people to follow their religion.

It’s like anything else when it comes to conservatives and our Constitution.  They love Constitutional rights, as long as they’re being given to people who they think should have them.  Otherwise they have absolutely no problem trying to pass laws aimed at restricting the freedoms for those with which they disagree.

The First Amendment is blocking them from forcing their views on millions of Americans (even more so than they’re already trying to do).  It’s the reason why they’re losing their battle against same-sex marriage.  It’s the reason why abortion is legal in the United States.  It’s the reason why we don’t have a national religion.

And I don’t believe for a moment that if it were left up to conservatives, they’d embrace religious freedom.  Instead, they’d try their damndest to enforce religious rule on each and every one of us.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • corwin02

    Most conservatives usually point to the US currency where it says ” in god we trust ” forgetting
    a. it was only added in 1956
    b. it does not specify which god.
    For all we know they were referring to Echidna (which strangely would be fitting for the US).
    I’ve pretty much given up making sense of all the blather coming from religious conservatives since all it does is glorify white male supremacy at the cost of everything else.
    Quite frankly they people should all be moved to one area (or state for better lack of a word) and left to their own devices.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Could it be the volcano god? Does that mean we need virgin volunteers?

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        “I am the god of hell fire,,,,,,,,and I bring you,,,,”

        ( see: crazy world of Arthur brown)

  • godlessveteran

    News flash: they’ve already done it. Hobby Lobby keeps proving it with every follow-up ruling.

  • Steve Temke

    Is it any wonder people are bolting from these Christian churches, and religion in general, at the rate they are these days? This hypocritical, sanctimonious bullsh*t is getting old.

    • mikeatle

      That’s probably why conservatives hate “freedom of religion” for everyone except themselves. They would force all of us to attend their sanctioned churches.

    • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

      and taking their money tax free,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Eg Kbbs

    Central to why I am worried about calls for a national constitutional convention.

    No matter how reasonable the reasons for calling such a convention, once they are meeting they could rewrite any portion of the constitution they desire.

    • Hanhnibal

      Any amendments would have to be ratified by 3/4 of the states. I think there’s a certain period of time they’d have to do it, but am not sure.

  • I can’t find the like button on this thing so know that I liked it.

  • Tariq Williams

    Each and every damned one.

  • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

    PRAISE JESUS!!! pass the (TAX FREE) tithe!!

  • Charles Vincent

    “Let’s Be Honest, Republicans Would Love to Repeal the First Amendment”

    Let’s Be Honest, Democrats/Progressives Would Love to Repeal the Second Amendment.
    Way to be a hypocrite Allen.

    • Get it together

      Funny how most Conservatives believe in the entire constitution and protecting it as written. Not watering it down to fit agendas. Our elected officials need to stay away from the entire Constitution.

      • Charles Vincent

        ” Our elected officials need to stay away from the entire Constitution”
        They need to obey it more than anything. Something they are not doing in any branch of government currently

      • Get it together

        Charles you are right. The depth of corruption digs deep into every facet of our government at every level. While the media drives the wedge between us they do as they please and we the people suffer.

      • Charles Vincent

        I just wish more people got that.

    • CherMoe

      There’s no Democrat/Progressive who has suggested “repealing” the 2nd Amendment. It’s all in your pea-brain of a mind. If that were the case, it would have been done already. It’s been over 6 years. Has Obama taken your damned guns yet? I thought not. Are you still allowed to rant and rave and threaten people with it? Yes, I thought so. As you in prison? I thought not. Can you kill a black person and get away with it by saying you were “standing your ground?” Yep, I thought so. Can your kids shoot each other up when they find your unlocked guns and you go without being charged for negligent homicide or have your kids taken away or Children’s Protective Services at your door? YEP! I thought so! You still have your violent twisted world safe and secure around you. You create a bloody mess … until it happens in your own house.

      • Charles Vincent

        Really you need to get out more.
        http://www DOT sanjoseinside DOT com/2014/05/30/rich-robinson-its-time-to-repeal-the-2nd-amendment/
        http://www DOT breitbart DOT com/Breitbart-California/2014/05/31/Attorney-Working-On-Sheriff-Laurie-Smith-s-Campaign-Time-To-Repeal-The-2nd-Amendment

      • Pete S. Sake

        That’s rich. Someone who spends all his time on nutjob winger sites telling someone else they need to get out more.

      • Charles Vincent

        I get out plenty posting here takes no time and debating people here not much more.

      • Dcbos

        Conservative sites BS; then you use the Bs to prove your point; only thing it proves is how badly you guys lie.

      • Charles Vincent

        Excuses excuses you have more excuses than lies on the left thanks for playing.

    • TropicDave173

      Charles, you use the one person in several articles, then drag Breitbart in. MNot what could be considered unimpeachable sources. So Rich Robinson wants to repeal the second Amendment. Your point? I can name ten evangelists and politicians off the top of my head that woud LOVE to implement the equivalent of Christian Sharia law in the US. (Ken Ham, Ray Comfort, Pat Robertson, Michele Bachmann, Franklin Graham, Tom DeLay, Louie Gohmert, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, etc…). THAT is what we were talking about, not an attempt to divert the discussion to your particular hobby-horse

      As pointed out elsewhere, Obama hasn’t even begun to think about confiscating guns. Though with some of the people out there (I’m thinking the Ted Nugent types) it might not be such a bad idea. He’s not running on all cylinders anymore IMHO…

      • Charles Vincent

        Ahh moving the goal posts I see… is that your game here.

  • Conservative in the Lions Den

    I’m glad to see the use of the phrase “some conservatives”.

    I’m a Christian and I fully support the 1st Amendment. Even the loathsome Westbrook Baptist Church has a right to it. You’re welcome to tell me my beliefs are wrong, there is no god, or that there are 20 gods. You have that right per the Bill of Rights. In turn, I can disagree.

    As for the article talking about the 2nd Amendment… I find it ironic that you pointed out that the south failed miserably. The point is, they DID need to exercise their 2nd Amendment because the government DID become tyrannical. Whether the south succeeded or failed – the 2nd Amendment was needed. Lincoln invaded states that were seceeded, which was tyranny.

    I’m no RWNJ, but I do support the 2nd Amendment. I believe a tyrannical government is no fantasy and it could happen again.

    Because GUNS! Pew. Pew. Pew.
    😉 Just kidding.

    • TropicDave173

      Two things: I presume you meant Westboro Baptist Church, of the protesting of soldiers’ funerals infamy.

      As for the government getting tyrannical back in the mid-1800s, I’d have to say no. Both sides became entrenched in their positions, not unlike what we have today. The South started the ball rolling when they attacked Fort Sumter, and this was the justification needed by the North. The Civil War decided, supposedly once and for all, that states can’t just “up and leave” whenever they feel like it. Not that it’s necessarily a bad idea, considering some states. But I don’t see how keeping the US together could be considered tyranny when waht they did – secession – was an illegal act.