Happy Fourth of July!

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

In light of recent court rulings with regard to the building of religious monuments and the inclusion of religious literature in public forums created by various public school districts, I thought I would post the part of the Constitution that we as atheists and secularists have been fighting to uphold.

We also have the recent NSA spying scandal to thank for bringing renewed attention to the Fourth Amendment, as well as the “right to assemble” part of the aforementioned.  Today there will be mass protests in response to the government’s spying on … well … everyone on the planet, it seems, as well as its treatment of Edward Snowden.

This site has an interactive map of the protest locations.

And a hey-howdy to the NSA agent assigned to read all the crap I’ve published over the years!  You poor bastard.

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5 Responses to Happy Fourth of July!

    • Nothing will stop me from making smartassed comments at the expense of our government!

      Joking aside, I confess I’m not sure how a free nation is supposed to reconcile the constitutional mandate for personal privacy with the equally important need to prevent attack from both foreign and domestic sources who use our infrastructure to communicate. I’m not sure it can, to be honest. From a standpoint of logistics, they’ve identified that the best way to do that is to compile metadata about everyone’s phone calls to spot trends. On the surface, it sounds reasonable … until we discover that there is so much leniency in the way it’s done to make sure they get what they need that it essentially allows for a near-indiscriminate collection of our communications. (For example, they only need to be 51% certain that the person they’re interested in is a foreign national.) I think the author is correct in that we’ll eventually end up with something very similar to what we have now in the end, but hopefully there will be somewhat stricter rules on collection and target selection criteria.

  1. MichaelB says:

    But…but…according to Rick Perry, “Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion.”

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