The First Amendment of the United States Constitution, and clearly the primary reason for our Founding Fathers to leave England and steal America from the Indians and make them slaves, was to separate their legislation from religion–any religion–religious freedom. The First Amendment also guarantees the right to peacefully assemble and air grievances. It reads, verbatim:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; 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.
Put in simple terms by the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University Law School:
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.
Apparently that doesn’t mean much, if anything, to Jeb Bush. It might take a few times to read and hear this before it makes sense (and it may never), but you have to take into account that he wants to be President, so he’s talking out of both sides of his mouth (transcript below the video in the following Tweet:):
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) March 19, 2015
“I don’t know about the law, but religious freedom is a serious issue, and it’s increasingly so, and I think people that act on their conscience shouldn’t be discriminated against, for sure. There should be protections, and so, as it relates to marriage equality — and that may change, the Supreme Court may change that. That automatically then shifts the focus to people of conscience, and, I don’t know, have their faith make — they want to act on their faith, and may not be able to be employed for example.”
In other words, people being able to discriminate against you because of their religious beliefs trump your civil rights.
Jeb Bush is not the only one that feels this way. As the GOP Presidential candidates line up, we’ll be dissecting them one by one. Stay tuned.
Featured image is a screen shot from the video in the Tweet above.