September 9, 2003

Here’s an excerpt from the California Constitution, Article 1, Section 2 (a)

A law may not restrain or abridge liberty of speech or press.

Section 3…

The people have the right to instruct their representatives, petition government for redress of grievances, and assemble freely to consult for the common good.

Section 4…

Free exercise and enjoyment of religion without discrimination or preference are guaranteed. … The Legislature shall make nolaw respecting an establishment of religion.

As a California resident, THAT is where I get my right to free speech, not from the US Constitution like most people think.

As a bonus, here’s some excerpts from state constitution preambles…

Alabama – “We, the people of the State of Alabama, in order to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution and form of government for the State of Alabama.

Maine – “acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity, so favorable to the design; and, imploring God’s aid and direction in its accomplishment. …

And last, but not least… here’s California …

We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure and perpetuate its blessings, do establish this Constitution.

I understand 46 of the 50 states invoke God in their preambles…

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