"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; ..."
It's the second phrase in that prohibition that is currently giving liberals fits. "Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion." Congress cannot, in other words, prohibit me form refusing to bake a cake for a queer wedding or from refusing to provide abortions to my employees.
Oh, what to do? What to do? The Fascist liberals must force people to bake cakes for queer weddings. How can they accomplish that if they can't legislate us into obedience?
Aha! They must fall back on the ultimate Orwellian subterfuge of Perception Control (PC). They must portray people who insist on living their religion as bigots and hate promoters and enemies of "diversity" (a Perception Control word for moral depravity).
They must incite death threats against those who openly practice their religion. They must incite arson threats against their businesses. They must teach us that it is dangerous to actually practice our religious beliefs.
They must convince people that religious symbols such as crosses and nativity sets and the very word" Christmas" are offensive to some people and thus must be eliminated to ensure "tolerance" (a Perception Control word that means "reverse intolerance").
"All religious expression must be driven underground. Only through rigid intolerance of any public display or exercise of religion can we achieve tolerance." If that sounds oxymoronic to you, it's because it is. (But to a liberal, it's perfectly logical.)
The latest Perception Control attack on the first freedom guaranteed in the First Amendment is a subtle shift from the phrase "freedom of religion" to the Perception Control phrase "freedom of worship." This Perception Control perversion recently showed up on the citizenship test given to immigrants by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of Jeh Johnson's Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The distinction may – and is intended to – seem slight, but it is actually a quite significant change. If they can't actually change the First Amendment, they can at least try to change what people think it means. Freedom of worship means freedom to attend church and pray before meals. It does not mean freedom to apply your religious beliefs in your daily interactions with other members of society. That would be freedom of religion, and that can not be allowed.
Look for this Perception Control obfuscation in newsprint and on television in the near future, and be aware that it is an overt attempt to corrupt your ability to think accurately. Nowhere in the First Amendment is the word "worship" used. The Article addresses "religion," and the "free exercise" thereof.
We are guaranteed the right as Americans under the Constitution of the United States to "freely exercise" our religion. Even if you personally do not have a religion to exercise, you must, if you value your freedom as an American, defend the right of others to exercise theirs. Remember the following quotation.
"In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up." – Unknown Author