The Bill of Rights – Full Text
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
~Sir Winston Churchill
If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else’s expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves.
~Thomas Sowell (born 1930), American writer and economist
Whoever sheds human blood,
by a human his blood will be shed;
for in the divine image
God made human beings.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.
Realize that you weren’t set free from the worthless life handed down to you from your ancestors by a payment of silver or gold which can be destroyed. Rather, the payment that freed you was the precious blood of Christ, the lamb with no defects or imperfections.
–1 Peter 1:18-19
REVELATION CHAPTER THIRTEEN
1 The dragon stood upon the seashore, and
I saw a beast that rose out of the sea
Which had ten horns and seven heads and on
Its horns, ten crowns, and on each head were written
Blasphemous titles. 2 Now the beast I saw
Looked like a leopard but had bears’ feet and
A lion’s mouth. The dragon gave the beast
His throne, his power, and authority;
3 And one of the beast’s heads appeared to have
A deadly wound−and yet the deadly wound
Was healed! The whole world was astonished and
Followed the beast. 4 Because the dragon gave
Him such great power, men paid homage to
The dragon, and they idolized the beast
Too, asking, “Who is like the beast? Who can
Make war against him?” 5 And for three and one-
Half years 6 the beast opened up his mouth
To speak great blasphemies against the Lord,
And all that time he blasphemed God’s Name, His
Temple and heaven’s dwellers. 7 He received
Ability to fight the saints and beat
Them, with his empire over every tribe,
People, language and nation. 8 Those who live
On earth will worship it−all those whose names
Have not been written in the book of life
Of the Lamb killed before the world was formed.
9 He who can hear, should listen well. 10 If one
Leads to captivity, he will himself
Go to captivity; if one kills with
The sword, then with the sword he will be killed.
This calls for patience, faith, and faithfulness
Of saints. 11 I saw another beast that rose up from
The land; he had two lamb-like horns, but he
Roared like a dragon, 12 and he wielded all
The mastery and power of the Beast
Whose death-wound had been healed, whom he required
The earth and its inhabitants to worship.
13 He did fantastic signs and wonders, such
As making fire flame down from heaven to
The earth before the people. 14 Due to these
Great signs which he was given power to
Perform for the first beast, he was deceiving
People throughout the earth, commanding them
To carve a statue honoring the beast
Who had been wounded by the sword, yet lived.
15 He was allowed to give the statue breath
And even make it speak. It ordered death
To those who would not worship it. 16 He forced
All people−great and little, rich and poor,
Slave and free−to receive a mark on his
Right hand or forehead, 17 so that none could buy
Or sell unless he had the mark, which is
The beast’s name or the number of his name.
18 This calls for wisdom, and if anyone
Has insight, he can solve the cipher’s tricks:
It’s man’s number, six hundred sixty-six.