Call me a stickler, but I believe that the “Bill of Rights” was meant for everyone, and it’s especially for those with whom the majority may disagree. So, for the record, below is the short version: (click on “Bill of Rights” to get the full text!)
1. FREEDOM OF RELIGION
2. RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS
3. CONDITIONS FOR QUARTERS OF SOLDIERS
4. RIGHT OF SEARCH AND SEIZURE REGULATED
5. RIGHT TO FAIR TRIAL
6. RIGHT TO A SPEEDY TRIAL
7. RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY
8. EXCESSIVE BAIL, CRUEL PUNISHMENT
9. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION OF CONSTITUTION
10. RIGHT OF THE STATES TO PETITION GOVERNMENT
Having enumerated those rights above, I must say that as of late there have been seeing comments appearing across a variety of blogs and posts on the internet that question the rights of others that are writing and posting on the internet things with which they disagree.
Could anything posted on the internet be more dangerous than those who want to take away another authors right to post? Of course that would probably be close to impossible, but the very idea is alarming! Disagreement and debate is a necessary activity of a free people! And the internet has allowed peoples all over the globe to read and learn about the rights of others. So we must exercise CAUTION, and WISDOM, as if the rights of one person are threatened, it affects the rights of ALL people! So suggesting, even thinking of quashing debate…is a very, very slippery slope. As, who will decide what is acceptable and unacceptable?
Without a doubt, I believe that the situation we currently find ourselves in is exactly what our Forefathers had in mind when they wrote and adopted that venerated document the BILL OF RIGHTS!
It is a double edged sword for us to proclaim freedom for ourselves and for those who agree with us, but leave out those that don’t have similar beliefs. This is certainly NOT freedom and especially not religious freedom! Are we Christians so insecure in our personal beliefs that we feel we have to control those that don’t share our beliefs?
I certainly hope not!!