The most important of all the amendments to our Constitution is the First Amendment: “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.”

In the 1947 Everson v. Board of Education decision, the Supreme Court majority discarded the principle for control of government by law (government limited by laws instituted by citizen sovereigns). They displaced it with control of government by man (top down authoritarianism). Quoting Alexander Hamilton: “Government is frequently and aptly classed under two descriptions, a government of FORCE [changeable decrees by authoritarian man], and a government of LAWS [governments that derive ‘their just powers’ from the consent of the governed], the first is the definition of despotism–the last Liberty” (Tully Papers, 1794). These two approaches to governing society have been at war against one another throughout human history.

The Everson v. Board of Education decision clearly compromised “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” The judges altered the Constitution at the core of its meaning. Power-hungry judges and politicians, along with fellow travelers in education, the media and monopoly union bosses, are now working overtime. They are leveraging the judge-created right that empowers liberals to impose government establishment monopoly in public education, preventing the competition of ideas by moral religions. The power to impose false renditions of truth upon captive government classrooms and poison youthful minds is being used to confuse, marginalize and rule new generations.

“For many years psychologists and educators have recognized the processes by which thought and behavioral patterns acquired in youth become the basis for adult motivation. In modern times thoughtful observers have become progressively aware that moral, social, and political concepts implanted during the time of mental immaturity not only participate in the conduct of later life, but, once acquired, such concepts become dominant and often unalterable in the adult” (Story County Grand Jury, in and for the 11th Judicial District of Iowa, 1969).

~ D. Norris