The first 10 amendments to our Bill of Rights were proposed to alleviate the fears of Anti-Federalists who had opposed the creation of a strong U.S. federal government and the Constitutional ratification in 1788.
I was always taught that the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights was to protect us from the abuses of our government, such as prohibiting the free exercise of religion. Now, we see a tug of war between settled law -- the Bill of Rights -- and newly minted manmade laws.
One side wants religious freedom protection. The other side wants to be able to do whatever they want without limits even if that means oppressing others' religious beliefs. Using the Supreme Court's interpretation of the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution, laws must have a primarily secular purpose (credit to Noah Feldman's column in Feb. 26 Herald, "Anti-gay law may be constitutional, still a bad idea"). So, settled law is slowly being chipped, one manmade law at a time. This can only lead to the slippery slope. You ever see what happens to a wild animal once it's been corner with only one way out? History has been paved with what one side calls freedom fighters, the other side terrorist. Just saying.
EVAN MEACHAM, Kennewick