“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.” (1st Amendment)
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution addressing the defense of religious liberty against Government interference states; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” In relation to this story, the part of The First Amendment, which exposes its weakness as a law, is that “Congress shall make no law…prohibiting the free exercise of religion.”
So when the Missouri Law in questions states that; “[t]he life of each human being begins at conception.” it does violate the First Amendment. To state the obvious, not everyone who identifies themselves as Christian, nor the various religions who do the same, agree that human life begins at conception. With that in mind its obvious that people who belong to non Christian religions don’t universally believe that either.
Thus, when a Satanist says that that law violates her First Amendment Rights, to have “no law…prohibiting the free exercise of [her] religion.” she has a point. Clearly a Satanist does not believe in life at conception and so any law in the U.S. stating that it does, is a violation of her and any Satanist’s First Amendment Rights.
And therein lies the flaw of the First Amendment. If any law runs contrary to the “free exercise” of [any] religion, it has in fact contradicted the First Amendment.
If a religion has theft or murder as part of its religious creed, exercise and practice, (practices contrary to American secular law,) arresting members of that religion on those grounds, is a violation of the First Amendment.
As ludicrous as that sounds it is true, which begs the question; “Why did America’s founders implement the First Amendment in the first place?”
They did so because as Protestants, they hated the Catholic practice of state or kingdom recognition of one religion; the Catholic Religion, to the discrimination of all others. They hated this Catholic practice so much, that they insisted that the U.S. ought not be subject to it.
Of course it was extremely short-sited because the authors of the Constitution and the First Amendment, never envisioned the U.S. being inundated with untold numbers of openly pagan people. They assumed that the U.S. would always be a Protestant nation, only having to stave off a Catholic religious takeover.
However, history has not played out that way. Most Americans who identify as Catholic openly place loyalty to country, including to the First Amendment, over Catholic Dogma and the Catholic Church. They are not a problem to the U.S. separation of Church and state policy. But pagans are.
How long before this legal battle with a Satanist, becomes one against the ever increasing Moslem population who, per the First Amendment has a right to practise Sharia Law, even though much of it contradicts U.S. Law?
The lack of foresight of the American Founding Fathers, who failed to anticipate the terrible problems the First Amendment would unleash on orderly society, will cost America dearly as the years go by.