Those who’ve heard Bob Marley’s music and lyrics know that the words in his songs are philosophical, meaningful and thoughtful. Among my favorites of his recordings is Get Up, Stand Up, the refrain of which is, “Get up, stand, up, stand up for your rights.” And the time has come to do just that for Christians.
If we consider how much this country has changed for the worse since the 1960s, we can easily trace a good deal of that change to members of distinct minority groups, such as Atheists and organizations such as the ACLU, who artfully and cleverly use the courts to force their beliefs down the throats of obvious and clear majorities in this country. And when we sit back and let it happen, we are betraying ourselves and God.
According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 78.4% of people in the United States are Christians of all denominations. Contrast that with the percentage of Atheists, and you’ll find they comprise an infinitesimal 1.6% of the population. So, why are we allowing this minuscule minority and radical, activist judges to walk away from the Constitution and restrict our right to freely exercise our religious beliefs? Because we’re either too intimidated by PC law, convinced that someone else will stand up to such cases and stop them, or too lazy to do something about it.
The changes have been allowed to happen because most of us hear stories about lawsuits filed by Atheists, the ACLU and other contentious minorities that result in court rulings with which the vast majority disagrees, but let them slide. At that point, it’s often too late to fight for our rights.
When we hear of attacks on our religious freedoms, we shake our heads and ask the same question over and over, “What is this country coming to”? But that’s the wrong question. We should be asking, “What can we do to stop it”? Too often, however, after the nightly news has run its liberally biased course (except for Fox), we change the channel and watch some mindless show instead of getting off our couches and finding out how we can stop being bullied by PC minorities.
We’re way past the time when we should have stood up to this, but we can still do so right now, and if the minorities can win, the majorities most certainly can, too, and we will, if we work together and reverse all case law, the foundations of which are the “separation of church and state.” That is a hollow and bogus legal construct without constitutional foundation or or legal construct.
For too long, we Christians have allowed minority groups to contend fallaciously that such things as Bible classes and prayers in schools are violations of the “separation of church and state.”
The most recent “separation-of-church-and-state” attack comes in the form of a complaint from Atheist Jeremy Green, a member of The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which, according to Fox News, claims “the Lauderdale County school district [in Alabama] has violated the First Amendment by allowing prayers at Brooks High School.”
The complaint stems from the practice of that high school’s football team, which prays before each game and ends those prayers with, “in Jesus’ name.” Fox reports that Green wrote, “It is not the job of the public school system to endorse religion.” Green invoked the usual church and state separation clause, which is patently erroneous.
Let me make this abundantly clear, the words “separation of church and state” appear nowhere within the Constitution. On the contrary, the First Amendment mandates that the government shall not interfere in any way with the practice of religion.
The exact wording in the First Amendment is: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”
Let’s take a closer look at both phrases. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” What this means is simple and those invoking separation of church and state are ignoramuses. The Framers wanted to make sure that the government would not create a Church of the United States and demand that everyone, regardless of true religious beliefs, worship according to the tenets of that church. Those who came to our shores from England at the birth of the nation were escaping the Church of England and the persecution they suffered by not adhering to church doctrine with which they disagreed.
But to protect religious people and their beliefs, in this case the football team, the Framers made it clear that the practice of religion was not to be suppressed by the government. Thus they wrote, “…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Obviously, then, this atheistic individual and the organization to which he belongs are contending that the school district must prohibit “the free exercise thereof” by stopping the team from praying in the name of Jesus because the school is a government run institution.
Strictly speaking, from the Constitutional perspective, which cannot be construed to mean anything other than what it clearly says, and is not open to any other interpretation, without a Constitutional amendment over-ruling the religious language in the First Amendment, Jeremy Green and The Freedom From Religion Foundation have no right to restrict the practice of religion anywhere. That includes on school grounds before, during or after a football game, at the prom or graduation, because the right to practice religious beliefs is unfettered, protected and guaranteed by the right to observe the free exercise of those beliefs.
For years, radical, activist judges have knowingly, egregiously, and illegally ignored constitutional law, and instead have fully embraced the “separation of church and state” construct. That represents a direct violation of their sworn oath to protect the Constitution, and thus, they should be impeached.
Additionally, not only does the Constitution protect our religious freedoms, there is no provisional language in the First Amendment as it applies to religion. The First Amendment doesn’t say one cannot freely exercise their religious beliefs in schools. It doesn’t say we can’t pray in government-owned public buildings, in Congress, the White House or during inaugurations. There’s no question, then, that there is nothing restricting the rights of believers to exercise their religious beliefs anywhere. Therefore, the football team is well within its rights to pray before a game.
Here’s what you can do if you want to protect the religious rights of the team: Write a letter or send an email of support to William Valentine, the superintendant of schools, at 355 County Road 61, Florence Alabama 35633, email him, or call his office at 256-760-1300.
Tell him to stand strong and to ignore the threats and complaints of those who would disallow the football team members to freely practice their religious beliefs. Tell them not cave to a minuscule minority that gets its jollies by trying to destroy Christianity.
If Atheists were a rational bunch, they’d abide by a simple social concept: Believe and let believe. If you don’t want to believe in God, fine, don’t, but don’t deny us the right to pray to the deity in whom we believe. Atheists have no rights whatsoever under the true constitutional religious mandate to halt any follower of any religion from practicing their beliefs.
We have the right to pray where we want, when we want, and as long as we want. If Atheists want to destroy us with moronic objections such as this one, it’s time that we believers started taking whatever legal action is necessary, such as suing them for abridging our constitutionally guaranteed and protected rights, and protesting against them to stop them.
That leads to the second call to action. Visit the Website of the American Center for Law and Justice and contact Jay Sekulow, the Thomas More Center and the Religion and Law Consortium and let them know how you feel about this monstrous and vicious assault on Christianity. Talk to your pastor and have him make his or her congregants aware of the story. Tell your neighbors and friends. I’ve done the research for you. All you have to do is take action.
Only if we take action in the courts or by protest will we be able to effectively fight and win. If we truly say we serve God, then now is the time to prove it by standing our ground for ourselves and that football team.
Have you had enough of Christian and religion bashing? If you’re among the 78% of Christians and you truly believe, you have an obligation to fight for your beliefs. Join me in doing so now before our rights erode any further.