We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Amendment I (1791)
“Separation of church and state“
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.
The first ten amendments comprise the Bill of Rights. The first amendment protects religious freedom by prohibiting the establishment of an official or exclusive church or sect. Free speech and free press are protected, although they can be limited for reasons of defamation, obscenity, and certain forms of state censorship, especially during wartime. The freedom of assembly and petition also covers marching, picketing and pamphleteering.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday defended a new state law that opponents worry may support discrimination against gay people, saying he had no plans to add extra protections but would consider new suggestions from state legislators. “There has been shameless rhetoric about my state, about this law, and about its intention all over the Internet,” Pence said. “It does not apply to disputes between individuals, unless government action is involved.”
When does the separation come into effect? Do States have the right to legislate laws that single out one group of people? Its a shame that a Country that has come along so much still takes 1 step forward and ten steps back at the same time. Once again our Founding Fathers of this great Country must be turning in their graves. The Constitution Starts by saying We The People.