The First Amendment was designed to protect against the establishment of a state sponsored Church. It was designed so that religious minorites could be free to worship or abstain. As a religious minority I am not threatened by anyones religious practices as long as those practices do not advocate criminal behavior. I am unconcerned about those who relagate unbelievers to hell because we do not share a certain religious philosophy.
However, exhortations to commit criminal acts against Jews, Gays or Red Sox fans are a violation of the first amendment. Once you have exhorted violence against any group you have exceeded the boundaries of the First Amendment. Jihad does not mean struggle and is in realiy a crimninal exhortation to violence. Islam itself has a lengthy history of Colonialism and human rights violations. In real terms praise the Prophet and practice your religion peaceably. The second one starts advocating Jihad criminal acts and possible sedition have occured. Your right to freedom of religion also does not trump my right to free speech via cartoons.
Thus we have the odd specter of the imagined wall between Church and State but it is not expressly in the Constitution. It comes from an insertion of a Thomas Jefferson
quote taken out of context by ex KKK member Hugo Black inserted into a legal opinion.
Jefferson was in Paris when the Bill of Rights was written. The note itself was a courtesy note and not a major correspondence.
The activists have built a mountain upon this myth. At the time of the Constitution there were state churches in a few states. Those who dissented were forced to subsidize official Churches . This was remedied in the Toleration act of 1784.
The Constitution does not say a thing about Art Displays on public property. Removal
of Crosses and the Ten Comandments is a restriction of freedom of artistic speech.
Levin points out that the logical next step is to ban displays of the Declaration of Independence.
My rights to Freedom of worship are not threatened by a Nativity Sceene in a Park. Nor am I bothered by a moment of silence. Anyone who has taken a tough test has engaged in a form of prayer or is a good liar. Nor is any real American worked up about the pledge. Most of the objection comes from Marxists who are by definition dedicated to the overthrow of the United States government.
The intent of the founders has been usurped by a cadre of Judicial activists. The notion that the founders who viewed rights that were bestowed by the creator is a farce . Freedom of Religion does not mean freedom from religion. Moreover when man attempts to usurp and become God the bodies start to pile up. The best examples of the devaluation of life are the French Revolution, Nazism and Communism and despite poultry protestations Nazis were not Christians. Nor was Nazism a polar opposite of Communism it was its rival.
Mr Beamish in 08, Ducky to be prepared for Shake and Bake and 167 to Abu Gharib to run out and throw all his Calvin Klein underwear out mustn't wear Zionist er Jooooish underwear.