Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion

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Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion

Author: David Barton
Publisher: Wallbuilder Press
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 534
Cover Price: $ 12.95

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In their own words, the Supreme Court has become "a national theology board," "a super board of education," and amateur psychologists on a "psycho-journey." The result has been a virtual rewriting of the liberties enumerated in the Constitution. A direct victim of this judicial micromanagement has been the religious aspect of the First Amendment. For example, the Court now interprets that Amendment under: a "Lemon Test" absurdly requiring religious expression to be secular, an "Endorsement Test" pursuing an impossible neutrality between religion and secularism, and a "Psychological Coercion Test" allowing a single dissenter to silence an entire community's religious expression.

Additional casualties of judicial activism have included protections for state's rights, local controls, separation of powers, legislative supremacy, and numerous other constitutional provisions. Why did earlier Courts protect these powers for generations, and what has caused their erosion by contemporary Courts? Original Intent answers these questions. By relying on thousands of primary sources, Original Intent documents (in the Founding Fathers' own words) not only the plan for limited government originally set forth in the Constitution and Bill of Rights but how that vision can once again become reality.

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Background Information

The Supreme Court is the highest judicial body in the country, and judges the actions of citizens and governments alike on the basis of the Constitution. The United States Constitution is the written document by which both the federal government was instituted. The dividing line between the powers of the federal government, designated by the Constitution, and those reserved for the states has long been controversial. The First Amendment bestows on Americans the freedoms of speech and religion as part of the Bill of Rights. Religion brought some of the first English colonists to the New World and religious variety has been a national hallmark. The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution guarantee certain freedoms for Americans and are collectively terms the Bill of Rights.