Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion

Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion

by David Barton
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Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion by David Barton

In their own words, the Supreme Court has become “a national theology board,” “a super board of education,” and amateur psychologists on a “psycho-journey.” The result has been a virtual rewriting of the liberties enumerated in the Constitution.

A direct victim of this judicial micromanagement has been the religious aspect of the First Amendment. For example, the Court now interprets that Amendment under:

• a “Lemon Test” absurdly requiring religious expression to be secular,
• an “Endorsement Test” pursuing an impossible neutrality between religion and secularism,
• and a “Psychological Coercion Test” allowing a single dissenter to silence an entire community’s religious expression.

Additional casualties of judicial activism have included protections for State’s rights, local controls, separation of powers, legislative supremacy, and numerous other constitutional provisions. Why did earlier Courts protect these powers for generations, and what has caused their erosion by contemporary Courts?

"Original Intent" answers these questions. By relying on thousands of primary sources, "Original Intent" documents (in the Founding Fathers’ own words) not only the plan for limited government originally set forth in the Constitution and Bill of Rights but how that vision can once again become reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932225853
Publisher: WallBuilder Press
Publication date: 09/06/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 554
Sales rank: 569,828
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

David Barton is the founder of WallBuilders, an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage. David is author of numerous best-selling works and a national award-winning historian who brings a fresh perspective to history.

Table of Contents

Foreword 5 Editor's Notes 7 Acknowledgments 11
1 Religion and the Courts 13
2 Religion and the Constitution 27
3 The Misleading Metaphor 49
4 The Judicial Evidence 55
5 The Historical Evidence 81
6 The Religious Nature of the Founding Fathers 129
7 Safeguarding Original Intent 153
8 Rewriting Original Intent 157
9 Ignoring Original Intent 197
10 The Court's Selective Use of History 203
11 Establishing the American Philosophy of Government 219
12 A Changing Standard - Toward a New Constitution? 233
13 A Constitution in a State of Flux 239
14 Identifying the Spirit of the Constitution 247
15 Maintaining Constitutional Integrity 259
16 Revisionism: A Willing Accomplice 285
17 Religion and Morality: The Indispensable Supports 325
18 Returning to Original Intent 337 Appendix A The Declaration of Independence 357 Appendix B The Constitution of the United States 361 Appendix C Biographical Sketches of Select Individuals Referenced in Original Intent 379 Appendix D Endnotes 439 Appendix E List of Cases Cited 505 Appendix F Bibliography 513 Appendix G Index 535

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Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Original Intent presents nothing more than the explicit Truth and purpose of the Founding Fathers' in their own words. Somehow forgotten, ignored or perverted, these words still contain within them the potential for revolution in the heart and mind of America. Revealed in the language of the common citizen these words carry with them power for the American people to chastise the adolescent dalliances of the legal establishment and to harness the Judiciary so that it may again hear the crack of it's master's whip. Original Intent, and the Founders' words therein, are presented in quite a timely fashion. I am sure this was the Fathers' design that their words would reinspire our nation, at times of disillusionment, to the greatness they purposed. This greatness being the principles of absolute Truth under which all persons are governed.
curtaincall More than 1 year ago
Here you will find the embodyment and purpose of what our founding fathers had in mind. The book is full of original writings and mindset of many great men who formulated the most esteemed form of government ever known to man. The sad part is that through historical revisionism, we and our children will never learn about it if we rely on our public educational system. Our system has eradicated and watered down what these great men wrote and truly believed in. Our society and civil liberties are currently far from the founders intentions and are drifting further under our watch. You will learn just how powerful our judicial branch really is. This book is a must read and is heavily cited for further reading and investigation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you would like to know the true principles that america was founded upon this book is a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to learn the history of America and how our founding fathers established the government, read this book. America is the greatest most precious country ever created by man. This books goes into majority of our founder thoughts and excerpts of speeches. Read, study, and watch all of the liberals 'living breathing philosophy' friends become in rage with hearing the truth. America's Historical Truth the socialists never want the common man to know. You will never read this material in any Government Education. The Arrogant Elites who Hate America will not be able to withstand what is in this book. One can use the references to continue an in-depth study of America History. The common man established America. The Anointed Elites Hates America because they are not in control and will never be important to the Greatness of America. Read the book by Eric Hoffer ¿The True Believer¿ to learn who the arrogant Elites are.
JackTheTripper More than 1 year ago
David Barton is not a trained historian. He can be very convincing to an uninitiated audience. A lot of what he presents is a distortion of the truth . He assumes that because the Founding Fathers were religious, our government should be, too. While the historical facts he cites are more or less accurate, his biased interpretation of them is not. Barton's work is laced with exaggerations, half-truths and misstatements of fact. He is a pseudo-intellectual fraud whose twisted interpretations of history are little more than religious right propaganda. Barton has been forced to backtrack from his book's claims. In 1995, Wallbuilders issued a statement identifying more than a dozen "Unconfirmed Quotations" that Barton had attributed to the Founding Fathers that could not be verified or were false.
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This book was a great read! It provides numerous quotes from many of the founding fathers regarding their religious nature and intent for the courts, constitution, and the way government should be run. This book certainly opened my eyes to the extent at which our nation has and is heading. Most of the bad reviews will slander this book because they cannot stand the truth this book breathes. They probably didn't even read the book. The author uses hundreds of references to back up his claims and a work cited is provided by each and every quote used in the book. So for those skeptics out there, like myself, you can easily cross-check the sources for yourself. I have, and I can tell you the author has done a terrific job in accurately telling the truth regarding our history. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning the true history of America.
ShrekJS More than 1 year ago
An excellent, easy read clearly portraying the Founders' intent regarding the Constitution and religion; fully counters the contemporary "common knowledge" that is prevalent and wholly incorrect today. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have any doubt on what our government's role is and what our duty is as a citizen then this is a must read. This is a great piece of work. If we would only do what is expected of us, we wouldn't have many of the problems we face.