Ignorance: Bliss or Danger?
Pulled out of context or completely ignored in favor of passing new laws, such things as “separation of church and state,” gun control laws, and “free choice” suffer misuse. Amendment One of the Constitution “guarantees” that congress cannot make a law regarding the forming of a new religion or exercise of a religion; however, sadly children suffer punishment of one form or another if they dare to pray in school. As stated in amendment two of the Constitution, American citizens possess the right to “keep and bear arms,” yet people in some states may not so much as own a gun let alone carry one with them for protection. Many people willingly kill thousands of babies and even disabled adults, often for the sake of convenience; despite the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” laid out in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. These examples only give a glimpse of some of the ways in which government has taken away rights or allowed people to throw away rights without a second thought.
Though the amendment on free religion stands first in the Bill of Rights, very few people know much about it and fewer people care what it says. Despite our freedom to practice any religion, teachers may not teach about God, Creation, or any other part of Christian religion but they may freely teach evolution, cults, socialism, and other false things as right and true. As a result we have to deal with youths who have incorrect thinking as well as a nation that has turned its back on God. Bringing the Christian faith that founded our nation, back into school and teaching godly morals, would soon bring a tremendous change to our nation.
Despite the second amendment, gun banning laws have skyrocketed robbing people of their rights and sometimes even their lives. Many tragic stories have crossed news headlines regarding innocent citizens who lost their lives because, due to laws, they did not have guns to protect themselves. People think that if they ban weapons, crime rates will decrease but in reality, the people who commit crimes find ways to get guns and then go to places that have banned firearms to do their dirty work; thus states that have banned weapons have higher crime rates. If we return to abiding by the amendment, people could protect themselves and decrease crime.
Every adult, every child, every embryo possesses life and thus qualifies for the “right to life” mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. People used to see life as a blessing but in January of 1973 abortion became legal in the United States and since then millions upon millions have lost their lives often because of selfishness. Even adults, such as mentally disabled Terri Schiavo, have suffered death because the very few people truly value life. God has given each of us a life for a specific reason and we must value His gift to us and to other people.
Our Founding Fathers lived during a time in which people valued high morals much more than we do now and thus the Constitution, Declaration, and other key documents have a strong moral background. Returning to the principles laid down to us in these documents would bring great changes in our nation cutting back on crime, rebellious adolescents, and abortion. We cannot, however, possibly know all our rights unless we read them. We put our selves in danger of ignorance when we fail to take responsibility for our freedoms. People can take a step in the right direction and familiarize themselves with our founding documents to preserve their rights.