Imagine for a moment that you were a lawmaker and were presented with a bill that if passed would be become law, and part of the text of the bill stated:
(a) Prohibited Activities- A participant in an approved national service position under this subtitle may not engage in the following activities: (1) Attempting to influence legislation. (2) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes. (7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.
Would you vote for it? Would you want to send this to the President's desk for his signature? If you were President would you sign it? Well this particular wording was in a bill, H.R. 1388 otherwise known as the G.I.V.E. Act (Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education), it was passed in the House and Senate and on April 21, 2009 the President signed this bill into law. It has me believing that many of our legislators do not read these bills. Or if they do read them do not comprehend what the wording actually means or understand the Constitution of the United States which is despite much gnashing of teeth by some the law of the land.
This law is scary because not only does it prohibit first amendment protections of the participants, it also creates a National Civilian Defense Force. Now before we go any further let me just say Congress did have the sense to strip the Mandatory provision from this bill, yes the original intent was to force all 18-25 year olds participate in this "Volunteer Brigade". But there has already been a study commissioned by Congress to look into whether MANDATORY SERVICE would be beneficial to the youth of America. Based on the make up of the House, Senate and White House I am betting it won't be long before Mandatory becomes the law of the land. There is also a provision in the Bill for Middle School and High School Students to join in.
This law will cost WE THE PEOPLE $5.7 Billion over 6 years in dollars but will cost the youth of this country much much more. This I believe is where we as parents and US Citizens need to say enough and we need to say it loudly and with conviction. The final Bill was passed in the House with a vote of 275 to 149 and in the Senate 79-19. The only saving grace for this law right now is that Congress has not funded it. I pray that remains the case.
Today I am thankful:
1. That my laundry basket was empty for an hour!!!
2. That I will be going to the grocery store sans children in about 20 minutes.
3. For sunny weather, warm temperatures and low humidity.
4. For the early Mother's Day gifts my kids gave me, a blue tooth and a fuzzy wrap with pockets (even though the beagle boys have this insane idea the wrap belongs to them).
5. For, "Don't be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown!"~Isaiah 43:1-2