Yup, 0400 hours again. Today it was Dog up chucking in the middle of the floor in the middle of the night. Can’t sleep again.
All of which is good, I suppose, except the chaotic thoughts running about. First I hunger for food; until I get the fridge open and nothing appeals. Then it’s the wondering about the Constitutional amendments, which I got to wondering about for no good reason. Specifically, I got to wondering about that clause we hear so often.
The one about religion. I’m never sure why that bothers me so. It shouldn’t, I think, but I got to wondering about it. So. I looked it up.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free expression thereof, . . .”
Well, okay. Congress can’t do a frappin’ thing about religion. Can’t establish one, can’t shut up one, can’t even talk about one in an official capacity, I don’t suppose. I thought about the crosses on public lands – which is a misnomer, I’m guessing, as current usage is Federal Lands, meaning all lands not owned by the States is owned by the Federal Government. Which is another thing I’ve often wondered about because when a State is chartered all the lands within those boundary’s are ceded to the State, then the usage is negotiated with the State by the Federals.
But maybe not.
Anyhow, my thoughts run, if the Congress (which wording was a surprise to me as I didn’t remember it being that way) can’t regulate religion, they can’t express an opinion of crosses on federal lands. So, who can?
Can the Executive Branch? Nothing seems to impede that. The courts only gained the right to interrupt the Constitution in about 1791 or 92, but what gives them the right to mess with religious symbols, or even dabble in prohibiting its expression.
I don’t know; I think about it and the only thing allowing them that right is acceptance of the public of their, the courts, opinion in any such matter. I guess it is.
Because if the legislature branches of government don’t have a say and the executive isn’t authorized to fumble around in it, then the judicial branch seems to be making religious law from the bench of the courts – which isn’t a function of the courts, now, is it.
From the reaches,