Twisted Interpretation

Oct 23, 2019

To the Editor:

I again want to extend my gratitude to the outpouring of support regarding my stand on the issue of parents’ rights.

In discussions, I have been made aware of a concern often expressed regarding the First Amendment. I want to clarify the true meaning of this amendment regarding state and church. My hope is that this clarification will guide politicians, leaders (both secular and religious), parents, and other citizens to see the truth and not the twisted interpretation by the government and certain special interest groups.

The First Amendment actually reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion …” This means that government cannot force a religion on its people. It does not mean that the people can’t bring their religious beliefs into how they want the government to act. Somewhere along the way, someone twisted the First Amendment’s meaning. And Americans need to know that.

Even an atheist – one who believes there is no God – brings a “belief” into how he or she wants government to act (indeed, “as if there is no God”). They exercise their non-religion belief to get government to enact and enforce laws accordingly. And, since 1962, that is how the government has acted.

Yet, upwards of 70 percent of the people in the U.S. identify as having faith, and in biblical principles. So, if this believing majority is being forced to accept the ideas of a rejecting minority on any issue, it is no longer “We the people” and it violates the spirit of the Constitution. Americans need to know that, too.

As an elected official representing a community made up largely of that majority, I need to represent that majority. Which is exactly what the wording of the First Amendment ensures. And, until the majority view changes, I will continue to do so. I will spread the truth as I see it in the hopes of uniting families by safeguarding the rights of parents for the well-being of our children.

Alfonso Cirulli, mayor


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