For a long time now, I have had an abiding interest in the subject of Psychic Science and especially the history of its development. When I first read Spiritually Speaking: A History of Psychicism, I was really surprised by some of the claims made about the origin of the Psychic laws. The book seemed to suggest that there was an order of events which took place prior to the appearance of mankind on earth. And it also claimed that a set of laws or “rites” had been preserved through the ages to allow us access to these deep forces of the cosmos.
So I began reading the book in order to understand this order of events. This led me to conduct further research and I came across a number of articles and pamphlets which gave some more information on the same topic. In fact, I discovered a first amendment lawyer named Samuel Welton who had written quite a number of articles on the same subject. In one of his pamphlets, he had written that: “It is our conviction that Spiritualists are right to insist that there be a First Amendment in the Constitution.” I had been curious so I decided to read the entire pamphlet and I discovered that he had placed a very interesting explanation about what he felt was the original meaning of the words in the Constitution chuyen la co that.
In the first sentence of the article I, section 2, of the first amendment, Mr. Welton had written: “The framers of the Constitution did not include a clause granting freedom from all laws.” He explained that he believed the framers had meant that no laws at all could interfere with the free exercise of religion. But the framers had also included a provision stating that Congress could impose reasonable restrictions on the freedom of speech and the press. Mr. Welton pointed out that this was not the same as a constitutional guarantee against all government regulation of the press. He continued and explained that he believed that if the framers had intended to include such a provision, it would have been stricken out by the amendments three.
The reason he felt the first amendment protection from undue government interference was so important to the study of psychic phenomena was because he felt that the support for that protection was going to be very strong among the people if it were extended to all cases involving psychic powers. So he went on to explain that he believed the amendments three would indeed accomplish what the framers had set out to do. When the provision concerning the definition of “good moral character” was added, the section on undue government interference with the freedom of religion and the press came in.
The article I, section 2, of the first amendment of the constitution has always been interpreted as protecting all speech. But according to Mr. Welton’s calculations, the amendments three will indeed provide a significant addition to the protection already available to all American citizens, especially if it is declared that the protection provided is broader than the guarantees in the other sections of the constitution. This, according to Mr. Welton, makes the reasoning behind the addition of this ordinance all the more important in the interpretation of how we govern ourselves in a democratic society. (The first amendment protects speech against abridgment, censorship, and regulation of speech in order to protect the free press from undue commercial activity.