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Monday, July 2, 2007

Amendment 1: Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression.

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.

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  1. there supposed to be a separation of church and state, but lately that has not been the case.

  2. Pslams 33:12 says, Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. No idea of man will fix this country's problems. Study the Bible. When a nation turned it's back on God's word, then God would take away His hand of blessing.

  3. "there supposed to be a separation of church and state, but lately that has not been the case."

    Where exactly does the constitution say that? Last I checked, it said that the government couldn't make laws to prevent the exercise of religion - doesn't mean we can't still have a belief in God.

  4. I actually have a question. It's with regard to the "Expression" part of the 1st Amendment.

    Is crying protected? I ask this because I have recently gone through an extremely traumatic time in my life & was arrested for continuing to cry out loud even after the officer told me to "be quiet". The arrest was labeled disorderly conduct.

    When it took place, initially, I was the one to call upon the police to protect me from someone threatening to throw my property into an alley if I left their home. I wanted to leave. I'm not sure how things got twisted around or if this officer just wanted to arrest someone/anyone, but I'm pretty certain I didn't break any law.

    In the courtroom, I was offered a "pre-trial diversion" which I accepted. I didn't want to, but I was told by the prosecutor that if I didn't I would "have to go over there" as he pointed to the stand before the judge.

    As I said, I accepted reluctantly. On another note, I also was asked in this agreement to write an apology letter to the officer who asked me to "be quiet". When I saw the name I realized that it wasn't even the officer that was there and no other officers showed up until after I was cuffed.

    I was never read my rights or even told why I was being arrested. At the city jail, I asked and was finally told. Later, in court, I was given a whole different reason!

    Plainly stated, and honestly stated, I was distraught and crying. I never mouthed off to them and I never raised my voice except to tell my children to call their father for help. And with that I wouldn't have had to raise my voice except that they were in another room.

    It still feels extremely surreal and I question what they did. I know my rights and have read The Constitution again as an adult now. I suppose this arrest did serve that purpose, but something is very wrong here.

    The problem is...unless it's some huge case or you pay an attorney boatloads of money, no one will touch it. Everyone, it seems, is scared to buck the system so these vague laws are used against innocent people with loopholes.

    After the Henry Gates arrest, you would think that these officers would think through this type of arrest before pursueing, but see he's a big name with big clout and big money. People like me have no chance if there's no attorney's out there willing to fight for our rights.

    Something is very wrong in this town where I live. How can a town of 25k people fill their one courtroom every single day twice? And how can they get away with calling it "open court" when no one but the defendant and their attorney can go in? There is a speaker in the hallway, that's their way of saying it's open. Meanwhile they herd in the sheep and one by one people are basically forced to plead guilty to crimes that are questionable every single day! I've been told by people that work in the local court system that never, not once has a misdemeanor case been dismissed and that unless a person has a big attorney, everyone pleads guilty to something.

    Constitional attorneys would have a ball in this town. Best part of all...the sitting judge is also the town attorney!! So don't bother suing if something is wrong with the system.

    WE, in this town need help. Not just me.


  5. I made a joke about kidnapping a friend, who is a police officer's daughter to someone who is also a police officer's daughter. I said it was partially true but we both joked about it and I had no intention of carrying this out or doing anything about it. Unfortunatly later on I get a call from an officer asking me if I did intend to do this, which i denied. I am no longer allowed to talk to these people because of this stupid joke I committed. Does this go against my first amendment rights, making a joke about kidnapping, and talking to these two people?