Braver Angels Central Texas Constitution Review--Art. III, Sec. 3-- Treason

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Join the Braver Angels of Central Texas new program--every other week we take one part of the Constitution, review it, and discuss.

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We all know we should know the U.S. Constitution. But how long has it been since we actually read it? Have we ever read it? And when we do read it, how much do we think about it?

Come together for a new ongoing program for Braver Angels Central Texas--a bi-weekly Constitution review and discussion. Every other week, we will take one section or amendment from the Constitution, and read it on our own, in advance, and think about its importance today. Then, over Zoom, we listen to a short address / teaching inspired by the reading, and then break into small groups to discuss our own thoughts about it. Each meeting will last exactly an hour so that we can fit it in our busy schedules.

The bi-weekly sections will be divided so that after about a year, our group will have together read every word of the Constitution. We will have also pondered its history, purpose, and its importance to our country.

No legal knowledge is necessary. No prior knowledge of history or civics is even necessary. As the Constitution itself states, "WE THE PEOPLE" ordain and establish our Constitution. We each have the power and the right to read and interpret our founding document. We each have the right to express when we disagree with it. The Constitution itself even memorializes our right to change it--if we can get enough of our fellow citizens to agree!

We'll do this again about every other week, perhaps year after year. Since each meeting will be on a different clause, there is no need or requirement to make every session. Participants can attend as many or as a few as they like. And the person giving the prepared talk will also change frequently, so we can hear from people with diverse views and backgrounds.

This series started immediately after the election. We've now covered all of Article II - discussing the Presidency and Article III, Sections 1 and 2-discussing the Judicial power. This week we will finish Article III by looking at Section 3- Treason.

Here is the section we will review, in it's entirety:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

Again, no prior study is required, but you are certainly welcome to find additional readings and share what you've learned with the group. We will provide some discussion questions that anyone can answer, even if you haven't had a chance to prepare. Some preliminary questions to consider: Why did the Founders think that the crime of "Treason" was important enough to include in the Constitution? Why is it in Article III, which is about the Judiciary? Was this clause meant to encourage convictions for treason, discourage it, or accomplish something else? And what's up with that "Corruption of Blood" bit?

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Thursday February 11, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Central. To be held via Zoom. Sign-in information will be circulated to participants shortly before the event.

While this is a BACT program, special thanks goes to the Civic Saturday program of Citizen University. Citizen University's mission is to be a national platform for fostering responsible and empowered citizenship through activation, communication, and education. This meeting was designed with the guidance of and inspiration from their amazing staff. Check out their website for many amazing resources and "civil sermons."

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