Praying for Rights
The information I have learned in Government class repeatedly proves to help me understand current affairs concerning politics. Our studies of the Constitution, Presidency, Judiciary branch, etc. have all enriched my knowledge. Now I am able to grasp more concepts and relate them to real world events.
One event that I recently came across in political news headlines correlates with our study of the Constitution and Judiciary branch nicely. This is the case involving the Colorado Court of Appeals. The Colorado Court of Appeals has claimed the Day of Prayer unconstitutional as of May 10, 2012.
The Christian group known as the Colorado Springs-based National Day of Prayer Task Force first ignited the idea behind the National Day of Prayer in 1991. It is meant to be a day set aside where people are welcome to gather in prayer. However, it is getting ridiculed for being religious. The Colorado judges believe that it sends the message to their citizens that if you are a religious person, you are more favored by the Colorado government. This isn’t the first time the outburst against Day of Prayer has occurred. In 2008 the Freedom of Free Religion organization went against Obama, in which case a U.S. District Court said the Day of Prayer was unconstitutional. Then, three years later, in 2011 the same controversial issue was taken to 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and they affirmed the ‘Day of Prayer’. Currently there is discussion on whether or not it should be taken to the Colorado Supreme Court.
This political case coincides with what we have learned recently in Government class about the Constitution and Judges. I believe that this case should be ruled constitutional because of the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. This states that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…or the right of the people to peaceably to assemble” (Article 7, Amendment 1). I think the observation of the ‘Day of Prayer’ falls under freedom of expression of religion, and the right of people to peaceably assemble. The effect of the Day of Prayer is harmless, and it is within the rights of the citizens of the United States. If judges rule against the people and it is revealed that citizens aren’t allowed their rights promised in the constitution, then what does that say about our government? It could be implied that our government is not strong enough to enforce the agreements stated by our founding fathers. Overall, it is crucial for the judges to uphold fair standards that embody the morals and rights of the Constitution.