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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