Rewriting the Constitution

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The ACLU (search) calls itself a fierce guardian of the U.S. Constitution (search). It invariably cites the Constitution while working overtime to kick Boy Scouts and Santa Claus out of public gatherings.

But as James Taranto notes in his “Best of the Web” column, the ACLU is guilty of re-writing the Constitution to suit its own needs. The ACLU Web site boldly proclaims: “It is probably no accident that freedom of speech is the first freedom mentioned in the First Amendment.”

But that’s not true. Freedom of speech is not the first freedom mentioned in the First Amendment (search). Here’s the first part of the First Amendment, which the ACLU web site has excised from the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Only then does the First Amendment mention freedom of speech.

Maybe it’s just a coincidence that the ACLU ignores the part of the Constitution that respects the free exercise of religion. But after a winter of challenging countless numbers of Christmas celebrations, we can only guess that challenging religious expression is more important to the ACLU than respecting it.

And that’s the Asman Observer.

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