When a person joins the United States Military they are required to take an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. Often they enlisted because of their patriotism and love of our country with all its freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution they swear to defend. Too often they are sent off to places like Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfortunately, not all come home in one piece.
But to them it is worth it to sacrifice and suffer for the country they love, to protect our freedom. They are true heroes.
It is a shame that while they willingly go off to war, our politicians and judges ignore the Constitution so many brave Americans have given their lives to defend.
The First Amendment of the Constitution, in effect since 1791, guarantees freedom of speech, assembly, peaceful protest and freedom of religion. The Free Exercise Clause guarantees protection from the government forcing you to violate your religion. That is why the Amish, Quakers, Mennonites have never been forced to join the military. The Supreme Court in the case of Welsh v U.S. in 1970 even extended this right to those who objected to war on the basis of a personal moral code.
Yet today there are those who don’t care about these rights if you disagree with what they want to do. Bakers are fined for not baking cakes for same-sex marriages, even though they are private individuals. People are arrested for praying outside of abortion clinics and offering counseling and alternatives. Pregnancy centers in California are being forced to offer abortion referrals. And the Little Sisters of the Poor are still being force to either pay a penalty or fund abortion and contraception coverage despite the President’s executive order stopping the contraception mandate for religious organizations. The Attorney General of Pennsylvania sued and a Federal judge throughout the order.
Tell me! Exactly what are our soldiers being sent off to defend? They and this country are being betrayed.