Religious Freedom is in jeopardy in America
by Bruce Tanis
Let’s be clear about something: ALL of our rights are God-given and inalienable. Our Founding Fathers recognized that in the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights. Those rights are not granted by any man OR government, and therefore cannot be taken away by any man OR government. That means the right to free speech, freedom of religion, free assembly, the right to bear arms, freedom of the press, etc, are all granted by God and no man or law can take them away — ever.
Values come from morals. Morals come from religion. A society without religion is a society without values, a ship without a rudder in a turbulent sea.
But there is a trend, even a campaign, in our society to remove our Judeo-Christian values by removing God from society. It began with atheists like Madalyn Murray O’Hair, and continues to this day — institutionalized and codified into law and policy by our current administration.
Darwin’s theory of evolution has been so twisted and warped by atheist scientists and historians as to supplant creationism in our schools, teaching our children that humans came from apes without a shred of scientific evidence to support it. We are expected to assume that “evolution” is an opposing theory to “creationism” and that only one can be correct. Science is preferable to God. But a closer reading of Darwin clearly shows that he intended to prove there was evolution AMONG the same species, never species-jumping from apes to humans. Apes are not the same species as humans, and if there WAS species-jumping evolution, as current evolutionists imply, then where are the “missing links?” Where are the ape-men? Why has there not been a single set of such bones or remains found? This glaring hole in the current evolutionary thesis — as set apart from Darwin’s actual thesis — is glossed over in a rush to crush creationism. It is as if evolution theory itself has evolved, but only to suit the agenda of the atheists.
Can you imagine how dangerous this anti-religion and anti-God trend is to our freedom and liberty? If the current and ongoing campaign succeeds in removing God from our public buildings and from society at large, it will succeed in bringing us one step closer to having no basis whatsoever for our most important freedoms and liberties — our unalienable rights.
We have taken “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. We have removed the 10 Commandments and other Bible passages from our public buildings. We have eliminated prayer and any reference to Jesus Christ or God in our public schools. If government continually removes God and God effectively becomes non-existent in the mainstream of our society, soon God will be decreed as “non-existent.” If God “doesn’t exist” in public life and is curtailed even in our private lives and in media and education, our rights and the basis for them doesn’t exist and we pave the way for tyranny.
Nietzsche declared God dead in his nihilistic writings and paved the way for Hitler’s Fascism and Karl Marx’s Communist theories. Fascist and Communist socialism cannot coexist when there is God and religion in a society. The first thing the Soviet regime did in Russia was ban religious worship of any kind. Party Members were not permitted to go to church and Christians were persecuted for their beliefs. Hitler supplanted religion with pagan symbolic worship of the State and of the Fuhrer.
President Obama’s “Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is refusing to allow school children to give Christmas cards to veterans if those cards say ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘God bless you,'” reports the Liberty Institute.
“Religious liberty lawyers have sent the VA a demand letter to immediately lift the ban.”
School children in North Texas had organized a volunteer project to cheer up wounded veterans with Christmas cards. But when they tried to deliver the cards, they were blocked.
The project leader “attempted to deliver those cards to a VA hospital in Dallas on Dec. 22. However, VA staff reportedly stopped her when she entered the facility, telling her that gifts or messages with religious content were not permitted by VA policy.”
“Texas-based Liberty Institute sent a demand letter to the VA, insisting they immediately drop this policy which allows a generic greeting but disallows references to Christmas, which is officially recognized as a national holiday under federal law.”
This is yet another example of anti-Christian bigotry by the Obama Administration. It is a persecution and banning of Christians, Christian practices, and Christian beliefs, which are protected under both free speech and freedom of religion. Last year they banned Bibles in a V.A. hospital, and forbid prayers offered “in Jesus’ name” at cemetery ceremonies. Anti-Jesus Democrats in the Senate played the “Grinch” for military chaplains, blocking legislation that would have clearly protected chaplains’ right to pray “in Jesus’ name.”
The Democrat-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee, led by Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) just stripped out two good religious freedom amendments from the House version of the Pentagon Budget, (2014 National Defense Authorization Act, NDAA, H.R. 1960 and S.1197), and replaced them with empty promises to study whether or not religious freedom is under attack in the military since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
In Conference Committee negotiations to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the NDAA, sections 529 and 530 appear to have been dropped, no longer written in the new combined House + Senate version.
So this year, NO CHRISTMAS CARDS for veterans? One time is an accident. Three times is a clear policy against Christians and Christianity. 79% of Americans identify as being “Christian” in the United States, this is a minority war against our majority and must be stopped.
I hereby call for the resignation or reprimand of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who is directly to blame for allowing Obama to ban religious expression, a protected right under the Constitution. And let’s petition Congress for military chaplains’ right to pray “in Jesus’ name” this Christmas. You can do so by joining the petition below, as I have.
To sign a petition and send a free fax to your congressman, click HERE.