A Creature Determined to Destroy Its Creators

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Newly independent, the thirteen States were concerned that their new Government may become too powerful, as King George’s was.

They insisted handcuffs be place on the power of the Federal Government.

We call these the First Ten Amendments or Bill of Rights, ratified DECEMBER 15, 1791.

These Amendments did not limit States or citizens, just the Federal Congress:

“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.”

Regarding this, Thomas Jefferson wrote to Samuel Miller, January 23, 1808:

“I consider the government of the U.S. as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment or free exercise of religion, but from that also which RESERVES TO THE STATES the powers not delegated to the U.S.”

Jefferson continued:

“Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the times for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets.”

The Constitution of the United States of America-Analysis and Interpretation, prepared by the Legislative Reference Service of the Library of Congress (Edward S. Corwin, editor, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, 1953, p. 758), stated:

“In his Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833, Justice Joseph Story asserted that the purpose of the First Amendment was not to discredit the then existing State establishments of religion, but rather ‘to exclude from the National Government all power to act on the subject.’”

John Bouvier’s Law Dictionary, published in Philadelphia by the J.B. Lippincott Company, 1889, stated in its definition of Religion:

“The Constitution of the United States provides that ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’
“This provision and that relating to religious tests are limitations upon the power of the Congress only…
“The Christian religion is, of course, recognized by the government, yet…the preservation of religious liberty is left to the States.”

Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, explained in his Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833:

“The whole power over the subject of religion is left exclusively to the State governments, to be acted upon according to their own sense of justice and the State Constitutions.”

President Dwight Eisenhower stated at a Governors’ Conference, June 24, 1957:

“The national government was itself the creature of the States…Yet today it is often made to appear that the creature, Frankenstein-like, is determined to destroy the creators.”


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William J. Federer is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, which is dedicated to researching our American heritage. The American Minute radio feature looks back at events in American history on the dates they occurred, is broadcast daily across the country and read by thousands on the internet.
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