The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee is about to throw the First Amendment out the window. They wish to declare Idaho a Christian state.
As any 12th grade social studies student could tell you, the First Amendment states “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.” Which part of “an establishment of religion” do the members of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee not understand?
On Flag Day, June 14, 1943, Digital Journal reports Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson announced, “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. Do the citizens of Idaho, or any state, have fewer rights in the matter of freedom of conscience than they did during WWII?
Committee Member Jeff Tyler said “It’s important that Christians stand up and be unashamed to say they’re Christians.” The First Amendment gives Mr. Tyler the right to believe in Christianity. It does not give him the right to ignore or oppress people in his state who choose to follow a different faith.