There have been many interpretations of the 1st Amendment and I am here to tell you that most of those interpretations are flat-out wrong, including those of the United States Supreme Court. And I think that is what I find the most disturbing, that I, an average hard-working American with no formal college education to speak of, can read all the Founding Documents, the personal writings of the Founders, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, Essays, Debates and publications of the time and easily conclude the true meaning and intent of our Founders, yet the highly educated Justices of the highest Court in our Country have willfully misinterpreted the meaning and intent of the Constitution and rendered decisions that are flagrant infringes upon our Constitutional rights.
In 1820, Thomas Jefferson warned of the dangerous doctrine of allowing judges to have the final say on the meaning and intent of the U.S. Constitution when he said, “You seem ... to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy... The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal.” And Jefferson was right, just look where we are today, our Justices frequently legislate from the bench with their skewed misinterpretations of the U.S. Constitution and the rest of the country bows down and accepts their misinterpretations as 'cardinal' law. A dangerous doctrine indeed.
This editorial goes into great detail the original intent of the Founders by providing their personal writings, Congressional reports, essays and publications of the time and Supreme Court Cases to show exactly what the Founders meant by 'freedom of religion'.
I should note that initially I set out to find the truth of what the Founders' intended....I have worked many years as a paralegal and I am ashamed to admit that I was indoctrinated to believe the misguided interpretation of Jefferson's 'wall of separation' doctrine....I was wrong, and I hope to enlighten my fellow Americans to the truth. Happy reading!