At the time of ratification, the Bill of Rights; like the Constitution itself was a Federal matter.
Except for the things that were specifically prohibited in the Constitution from the states were free to do what they would.
It's a damn short list.
Under the original Constitution and Bill of Rights an individual state could ban all but their pet religion, forbid the owning of guns, quarter the state militia in their citizen's homes et cetera.
It was courts constantly finding that concerning blacks which led to the passage of the 14th amendment.
Nominally the 14th applies the restrictions of the Bill of Rights to the states.
Now the individual states may not declare state religions, ban guns and quarter troops.
Like other massive changes to government recently, the 14th was passed in a cursed hurry.
That there could be a ruling such as Slaughterhouse says a lot about how ambiguous the text of it is.
There's another problem creeping in the background because of the 14th's application of the 1st.
Godless Atheists. (heh)
Or rather, militant atheists. Fucking fanatics as a matter of fact.
All that matters to them is to be free of seeing any expression of religion and they will damn sure enlist the government to spare their delicate sensibilities. So much so they are definitely dictating THEIR beliefs onto the religious freedoms of others. And no matter how tangentially the discussion brushes this topic, they have something to say with all the bitter and bile of a Klansman.
Haters are like that.
I sometimes wonder if an atheists lack of faith is so tenuous that they are worried they will become believers should they be exposed enough.
I've yet to hear a decent answer to this: What is the difference between the court ordered elimination of all religious display and state mandated atheism?
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