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Dr. Richard Land: First Amendment Still Protects People of Faith

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 12:33 PM

In spite of attacks on Christianity alleging that Christians violate the First Amendment of the Constitution when advocating for their faith in the public square, Dr. Richard Land says that's not how it works. 

"The First Amendment to the Constitution is there to protect people of religion from government intrusion," Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, told John Bachman and Miranda Khan on Newsmax TV Tuesday.

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He explained that the First Amendment says that "Congress shall make no law [respecting] an establishment of religion and shall not interfere with the free exercise thereof."

Land contends that this means that "religious people cannot violate the First Amendment, only the government can violate the First Amendment."

"Those protections are there to protect freedom for religion, and what [some atheist groups and individuals] have done is they've used the legal system to turn [the First Amendment] on its head so that now it's being interpreted as freedom from religion," he said.

The president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina told Newsmax that "the percentage of Americans who claim to be Christian has not changed very much since the 1960s.

"What's happened is that the percentage of people who are of no belief, not . . . the 'nons,' who are not affiliated [with any religion], but people who are actually either agnostic or atheist has grown from about six percent to about 15 percent of the population," he explained.

"[The atheists and agnostics] are disproportionately in the upper middle class, they're disproportionately in the information areas of our society and they are far more vocal and they are far more comfortable using the legal levers that protect minorities in this country to try to get the legal system to misinterpret the Constitution," he added.

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