Laws That Say Follow The Law

It always amazes me when I see we've gotten to a point in our society that laws need to be written reminding the government that it too needs to follow the laws.  This is being done once again with one of the new bills submitted for 2010.

HB 1330
This bill restricts government action from burdening a person’s free exercise of religion.

Isn't this already a right guaranteed by our federal Constitution?

Amendment I
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.

And guaranteed by our NH Constitution?

[Art.] 5. [Religious Freedom Recognized.] Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and reason; and no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his peers on, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession, sentiments, or persuasion; provided he doth not disturb the public peace or disturb others in their religious worship.

Its sad that our state and federal Constitutions are not respected enough to stand on their own.  What's even sadder is that only one single elected official has attached their name on this bill.  Rep Wendelboe is so far the sole sponsor on this bill.  You would think that any representative that respects their oath to honor and uphold the Constitution would quickly sign their name onto a bill that essentially reminds the government to follow their own rules.

This bill will be one worth watching and those reps who vote against it should be noted.