December 20, 2006, President George W. Bush signed into law “The Stolen Valor Act.”
“Fraudulent claims surrounding the receipt of Medal of Honor or other decorations and medals awarded by the President or the Armed Forces of the United States of America damage the reputation and meaning of such decorations and medals,” the law said.
As a Christian nation, the common belief was that people should be truthful. Making false claims was totally unacceptable. To prove that this moral Christian value was the moral value of the people, this bill passed by acclamation with only a voice vote in both houses.
On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court in, “U.S. vs Alvarez,” reversed this Law by ruling:
“The Stolen Valor Act was an unconstitutional abridgment of the Freedom of Speech” in a 6 to 3 vote.
This ridiculous Supreme Court decision makes it legal – under “freedom of speech” -- to lie.
Freedom of speech never gave the right to intentionally inflame riot, prevent discussion or to knowingly lie about people or facts.
Our Constitution gives Congress, not the Supreme Court, the power of making laws. Congress has both the right and the power to overturn Supreme Court Decisions. Honesty is supposed to be an attribute of Christianity. Honesty is a requirement of a civil society. Our society seems to be no longer honest, nor very civil. Apparently it is not very Christian either.
Reversing U.S. vs Alvarez might encourage the return of some Christian values.