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Pat McMahon

Christians first

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is shown. (Twitter photo/@wsfa12news)

Bear with me for just a moment. For those who haven't taken a peek at the Bill of Rights recently, just consider this a refresher.

The First Amendment -- now remember, I said the First Amendment to the Constitution -- prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, or impeding the free exercise of religion or abridging the freedom of speech. It goes on to specify other freedoms of expression.

But nowhere did our founding fathers state that all of that freedom was available to everyone in the United States except Alabama.

A video tape of a speech made in Mississippi, by a prominent resident of Alabama, has just been made public. In it, the Alabaman tells his audience that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution only protects the religious speech of Christians -- not Buddhists, not Jews. He says freedom of religion in America should only apply to Christians.

If you're asking why I would quote this looney, good question! Because he is Roy Moore, currently the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

I'm exercising my First Amendment right when i say, "God help us all".

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author


He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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