Somebody, please, for the love of God, help me out with this one. Today, the POTUS has made the Presidential Proclamation that today is Religious Freedom Day.
Am I missing something here? Uh…..if freedom of religion is covered by the first amendment, then isn’t everyday “Religious Freedom Day”? And since we’re on the subject, let’s take a look at what the Constitution says about that.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
Sounds to me that making the declaration of Religious Freedom Day, in a way, is unconstitutional. The text in the proclamation reads, “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, Sikhs and non-believers. Our patchwork heritage is a strength we owe to our religious freedom.” It seems like this proclamation is “respecting” all religions, and here’s the other mind-bender…it’s throwing atheism in as a religion too (the part of “non-believers”). Whether you’re respecting one religion or all religions, you’re still respecting, which makes this proclamation unconstitutional. An by the way, does this mean that I can tell my employer that every year, on January 16th, I will not be working because I’ll be praying all day, and they can’t do anything about it? The other question I have is, since our legal system is based on precedence, then doesn’t this proclamation set the precedence that the rights set forth by the constitution can be violated through these proclamations, allowing other proclamations that infringe our constitutional rights? In other words, can the POTUS make the proclamation that January 23rd is “Government Collects Your Guns Day”? Where’s a constitutional lawyer when you need one?
Here’s another scary thought. The proclamation also reads, “religious liberty is not just an American right; it is a universal human right to be protected here at home and across the globe. This freedom is an essential part of human dignity”. So does this mean that if a group individuals are practicing jihad all in the name of Allah, then their “universal human right” will be “protected”? Just food for thought.