Freedom From Religion

This organization has gone to court to remove a memorial to World War I veterans; they have sued to remove the national motto, “In God We Trust” from everything; and brought suits to prohibit the free exercise of religion which is protected in the constitution. They claim the exhibition of a cross is offensive and maintain that every aspect of government must be totally secular, citing the phrase, “Separation of Church and State”, as their authority. The phrase “wall of separation between the church and the state” was originally coined by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists on January 1, 1802. The Baptists were concerned with interference by the State into church matters. The State is prohibited from influencing church affairs, particularly designating or establishing one preferred State religion. This phrase has little or no weight in constitutional interpretation, and nothing in the constitution prohibits religious people from exerting influence over matters of State. In fact, the major founding documents acknowledge Creator God.

The constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” There is no prohibition on the State’s acknowledgement of God or requirement that every aspect of government must be wholly secular. To do so would be to establish agnosticism as the State religion. Thomas Jefferson’s phrase in his letter has been misinterpreted by those who seek to promote atheism and express contempt for all religious people and practice, particularly, Christianity.

This organization ran an advertisement during the recent Democrat candidate televised debate. Ron Reagan spoke expressing his approval of Freedom from Religion and ended saying, “I”m not afraid of burning in Hell.” Apparently, this group believes they will find support from like minded Democrat viewers. Is the Democrat party a Godless party? America was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles. Until very recently America was known as a Christian nation, albeit, tolerant of non-Christians. Tolerance is a Christian idea and practice that is contrary to Islam, certain Eastern religions, and atheism that persecute others and demand fidelity to their beliefs.

Christians and their associated charitable organizations have given far more aid, support, and care to the world than any other group. They give to needy people around the world irrespective of the predominate religion in that region or country. America as a Christian nation has followed this same approach. History shows that atheist governments are communists or dictatorships that brutalize and kill their own people. If there is no God or higher power as atheists argue, then there is no morality or responsibility for just, ethical, and civil behavior.

The Freedom from Religion organization is opposed to America as founded and chartered by our Constitution. They have every right to believe as they wish, but they seek to compel their beliefs on others and take offense against anything they oppose, like the Bible, Christianity, and religious faith, even innocuous symbols. They typically lose in court, but continue efforts to enshrine secular humanism as the State religion. On their Web site one board members says, “How dare the religious use the term ‘Born Again.’ That truly describes freethinkers who’ve thrown off the shackles of religion so much better!” The term “Born again” was first coined over two thousand years ago by Yeshua Messiah (Hebrew for Jesus Christ) in answer to Nicodemus, “Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.’ ” (John 3: 3). Not only is this organization and its board member wrong as to the Constitution, Thomas Jefferson’s statement, benefits of Christianity, and the source and meaning of “Born Again”, but they are blind to the Kingdom of God. Another Bible quote is appropriate, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ ” (Psalm 14: 1). May God have mercy on those who have been deceived by this organization and lead them to the truth.

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