The Government is Secular; not the Nation
The Founding Fathers had a vision of a secular Government, not a secular nation or culture. Their vision of a secular government was just that, a Federal Government that was not controlled by any religious institution or organization. Their goal was not to keep religious convictions and dialogue out of the public square. They never inferred that religious convictions on morality should not inform the public or the government.
The kind of secular system proclaimed by some secularists today would involve a violation of the First Amendment which is the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech. Free men have the right to speak their mind on any subject in the public square or in private, this includes the religious and nonreligious. The very idea that people could not express their religious beliefs in the public square or in spaces that some label ‘religious free zones’ is ridiculous and would violate our First Amendment rights.
Some interesting facts; the word secular is not used in any of the Founding documents. The expression, ‘the wall between church and state’ is not found in any of the Founding documents. It was used one time by Thomas Jefferson when writing to a Baptist Church in Connecticut. There is nothing in the Constitution that would hinder states from having a State Religion. The restriction was to only apply specifically to the Federal Government.
The Maine Constitution and The Right To Bear Arms
Article I, Section 16. To Keep and bear arms. “Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.
The constitution of the State Maine (1820) was not written to regulate the citizens of the state of Maine. It was written to regulate the government of the State. In other words, the constitution is not saying that a citizen of the state cannot question the right to bear arms, but it is saying that a government officials that have sworn an oath to up hold the Constitution of Maine cannot even question the right of Maine citizens to own and bear arms.
You might be asking yourself how could government every change this section of the Constitution? The simple answer is that it could not change this section of the Constitution without breaking the law. The reason for the concreteness of this section is that the writers believed that the right to bear arms (to protect yourself) is a self-evident truth that no rational person would dispute. If a person is not rational they should be removed from government. If you do not believe in self-evident truth, well take it up with the founding fathers.
Also note that it does not say members of the militia has right to bear arms, but rather ‘Every citizen has the right to keep and bear arms’. It also does not say that we have the right to keep arms for hunting only. Be sizes who bear arms against dear and moose. I think the Maine Constitution being the forth state constitution to be written and being review by Jefferson is a great commentary on the meaning of the US Constitution. Leave it to Mainers to make it simple.
Call to action: If you hear a Maine official questing the rights of Maine people to keep and bear arms, turn them into law enforcement for breaking their oath of office and the law of the State of Maine, which is its Constitution.
Points to ponder: What does ‘arms’ mean? What does the phrase ‘bear arms’ mean? Who would the people be ‘bearing arms’ against? What are the limits to bearing arms? Can a person own a rocket launcher or a tank? Who is to determine the limits of bearing arms, the people or government officials? Who is the government, the people or the officials?