The U. S. Constitution is justly revered as the greatest document ever conceived for the governing of a new nation. It has been in effect for over 200 years. It has endured (with numerous amendments) through the growth from thirteen small states to a nation of forty-nine contiguous states, plus Hawaii and Alaska. The Constitution is credited with guiding this nation over these many years with remarkable stability and justice.

Actually, the original Constitution was dedicated to promoting:  A More Perfect Union of 13 original states, Tranquility, Common Defense, and to promote the General Welfare and Secure the Blessings of Liberty for the people and their progeny!

That Constitution was written in 1786. People rode horses, wore wigs, crossed the ocean in sailing ships and wrote with quill pens. The principle author, Thomas Jefferson, said it should probably be updated in seventeen years. It was written by well-educated men, mostly Deists, but not Christian.

Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

As new states were to be added, the Ordinance of 1787 was written.  It said:  “Religion, morality and education being necessary to good government and happiness of mankind, schools, and means of education, shall forever be encouraged.”

Although education was prominent in the Ordinance of 1786 when the five states of the Northwest Territories were added, this ordinance was ignored. States were admitted under the Constitution which did not mention religion, morals, or education.

Settlers came to America to escape, to be free, and free to worship as they pleased, however, America was not established as a Christian nation. The Bible, being one of the only books available, was in evidence and was widely used as a textbook for teaching people how to read. Christianity, however, was not mandated by the government and this fact was strongly reiterated in the First Amendment:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Later, slogans were added such as, “One nation under God,” and “in God we trust.” Both are counter to the intent of the original document, and “under God” may have been added primarily to differentiate America from Russia.

U. S. Constitution

U. S. Constitution

Today we have an archaic document written over 200 years ago dealing with slaves, quartering of troops in people’s homes, and other things no longer applicable to society today. To the original Seven Articles have been added twenty-seven (27) amendments. Among them are three amendments which deal with voting, all of which can be replaced with one, “All citizens age eighteen and over can vote.” One amendment decrees prohibition of alcohol and another amendment repeals prohibition, so there are two unneeded amendments. The amendments that are of value can be fitted into the Constitution as it is edited and condensed.

In my opinion the greatest need is to abolish the Senate. All legislative activity can be handled by one body, a House of Representatives of reduced size. We should also add a new article on education, promoting better schools, and it should require schools to teach comparative religion. Citizens should know what at least three of the world’s predominant religions teach! Almost all human activity in the world today is engendered or promoted by religion. Nearly all wars over the world’s history have been instigated by religion! Religion is nothing but mythology.

This important opinion piece was written by David C. Williams. Mr. Williams is a learned and skilled writer who lives in Ashland, Kentucky. He has many published books and articles.