Thideology News: Weekend Update

To Congress the Constitution isn’t so much a restriction on their power as it is a nice wall decoration suitable for framing

photo-nancy-pelosi.jpgNewly elected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has introduced legislation that would greatly restrict American’s freedom of speech. Oh, she doesn’t call it that, of course. No, no, she calls it “lobbying reform.” Under her new reforms churches, pastors, religious denominations, public interest organizations, civic organizations and other nonprofit groups could be labeled “grassroots lobbying firms” subject to congressional regulation.

Never mind that Amendment I to the United States Constitution (the very first bill in the Bill of Rights) says, “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.”

It’s that part about “abridging the freedom of speech” that sticks out here. You see the word abridge means, “to reduce in scope or diminish.” Subjecting the speech of anyone to congressional review reduces that speech in scope and diminishes it. This is a clear violation of the Constitution but Congress will push forward as if they have the authority to do such a thing.

Just thought you might want to know.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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