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American Religious Liberty: Freedom From Religion vs. Freedom for Religion

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Mar 30, 2017 at 06:06

Our (American) Founding Fathers were quite aware of religious bickering among its different Christian denominations mostly (there were few Jews then, and even fewer Muslims in the country).

They decided, in the Bill of Rights of 1791, adopted as the first Ten Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of 1789, by enacting the Establishment Clause.

A close and careful reading of that clause indicates that its aim was to prevent Congress from favoring any particular Religion. It was not so concerned with encouraging its Citizens or subsequently, its Legal Resident who aren't Citizens, regarding their Religious beliefs or practices.

Furthermore, it was an Amendment for the American People, not the World.

That leaves open the question as to what the Office of the President of the United States can do in protecting the United States from Outside of our Border Forces that seek the Establishment of Islam as the Religion of the United States.

Yesterday, a federal court Ruled against President Trump. I think the Judge, an Obama appointee has misunderstood the aim of the Establishment Clause. That court, I believe, has substituted its judgment, for that of the President, as to how to protect the United States from Foreign Muslim Terror.

And here we see how those Americans who refuse to call this Terror Muslim have been enabling the justice system to be blind to Muslim Terror.

If Terrorists are (mostly) Muslims abroad, than obviously the President should protect our country from having Muslims coming over here. However, the argument - beginning with Bush Jr. - has been that "Islam is a Religion of Peace," ISIS notwithstanding.

Here are the Links to the Article and the 24 page court ruling, which converted the Temporary Restraining Order into a Preliminary Injunction - against the President:

"Judge maintains broad block on Trump travel ban"
"'The Court will not crawl into a corner,
pull the shutters closed, and pretend it has not seen what it has,' the judge says."

By Josh Gerstein, 03/30/17

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-travel-ban-order-hawaii-236675

The actual 24-Page court Order:

http://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000015b-1d56-dce4-ab5f-5d5608f10001

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