Freedom Of Religion And The First Amendment

Increasingly many feel there is an assault on Christianity.  Could it be true, and why do Christians feel that way?

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2. U.S. tax dollars building mosques overseas, but not the same to churches or temples here in the U.S.

3.  Seniors, at a Nursing home,  not allowed to say prayers before meals.

4.  A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines “right wing extremism in the United States” as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.

“It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” the warning says.

5. Ten year old Amanda who was determined to be receiving an adequate education at home academically was ordered to be public schooled because the mother chose to include bible studies as part of her education

Note: By co-opting our educational system, government has not only violated the Constitution, they have nearly destroyed the education which was once the best in the world. 

6. During the American Revolution ministers who came to be known as the “Black Robe Regiment”, were imprisoned by the British because they encouraged the Revolution. They were teaching that one’s rights came from God, not the King.  This displeased King George.

Currently,the IRS has a ban on ministers  addressing politics from their pulpits. As a result many ministers have joined together, taking a stand against such oppression of their freedom of speech. They are known as the modern Black Robe Regiment.

Many argue that it is not a war on Christianity, but enforcement of “Separation Of State And Religion.”

Separation of Church and State” is not stated in the Constitution, but was stated in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to a minister of a minority Christian minister who had experienced persecution by other majority Christian Churches. Jefferson assured him that government had no role to play in religious matters {there would be no State (federal Government) religion}

The First Amendment of the Constitution States:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

You see the Founders were highly influenced by the ministers of the Black Robe Regiment, and their writings reflected that.  James Madison (Federalist Paper #37 wrote:

“The real wonder is that so many difficulties should have been surmounted…it is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to see in it { the Constitution} the finger of the Almighty hand which has been so signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the Revolution”

However, the reason they did not want a state church is because many of the Christian Churches in the colonies were State Churches, and were nothing more than the arm of the King of England.  So the Founding Fathers spoke often of God, wanted us to be free to worship, but never wanted ….well the following videos explain:

As one can see Governments role is not to separate people from their religion (or even lack there of), but to stay out of religious matters unless a crime has been committed. It is not a crime to say a prayer or even the Pledge Of Allegiance in public…at least not according to the Constitution or Jefferson‘s letter. In none of the five mentioned instances above did the people commit a crime…the government did. They violated their oath to uphold the Constitution. However what you now see, is a perfect example as to why we should never allow the government to legislate morality…they get it wrong every time. .

Why would there be such a thing as war on Christianity, and could it really be a war on the Constitution and all religion…on freedom itself?

The IMF and WTO give us amazing insight into this question on their websites.

To the Founding Fathers education of morality was important, not legislation of morality.  That is what they meant by “separation of church and state.”. The Heritage Foundation explains where the modern interpretation of separation  of Church and State came from.

Martin Niemoller (1892-1984) was an ardent nationalist and prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last 7 years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out –Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out –Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

So it behooves all of us to fight for the freedom of all religions, and for those who choose no religion  at all. Government has no role in religious matters unless someone has committed a crime. For if not, like Hitler, Stalin and the Crusades, government becomes the religion, and destroys any competition of thought.

For those who would like to know more about the history behind the First Amendment, and its alteration: The Mythical “Wall Of Separation “.

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