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What the First Amendment really states

January 2, 2013
The Alpena News

Here we go again with the old myth and ignorance of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Apparently, most people don't bother to read the Amendment, or if they do, they read into it what they want. For those who can't, or don't want to, understand, the Amendment states that "Congress," and that is the U.S. Congress, "shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ..." The U.S. Congress is the only entity prohibited from establishing a religion, according to the First Amendment. In fact, in the early days of the Republic even some states had a state religion. Apparently, the people of those days could read better that many can now. Nowhere does the Constitution prohibit schools, cities, or communities in general from exercising the predominant religion of the area.



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