Separation of Church and State
Religious Freedom Today
- Under Attack -
Freedom of religion is under attack in our country today. The present-day hostility toward religion in general and the Christian religion in particular is unprecedented and discriminatory and based in bigotry, hate, and intolerance. This is clearly not what our Founding Fathers desired. They wanted religion to be intertwined in every aspect of life, both public and private. See for yourself that there is no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution, and what our Founding Fathers had to say about it.
Just how far has this bigotry gone today? The following few examples show the lengths to which activists judges and others who bitterly despise Christianity have gone to squash any semblance of religion or its affects in society. (From "The Hammer of Hostility in the Public Arena", Coral Ridge Ministries)
- A student attempted to pray silently before a math test. He was marched to the principal's office and forced to write one hundred times, "I will not pray in class." Our students may not be able to read or write, but at least we're ridding their minds of anything religious!
- Parents of 7th grade children were encouraged to come in by the school and share how they celebrate the holidays. Several parents explained about Hanukkah and the Menorah. When one parent began explaining about Christmas, she was told by the teacher, "That's not allowed. That's religious."
- While homosexuality is openly practiced and encouraged by colleges and universities, openly Christian professors and students are more and more coming under fire in this supposedly 'tolerant' atmosphere. A few years ago, at Harvard, a Christian group was harassed for the politically incorrect crime of distributing a magazine that explained the Christian way out of homosexuality.
- A fourth grader brought his Bible to school one day to read during free time. His teacher took it away and scolded him, telling him never to bring it back. As part of his punishment, he was forced to sit in a corner facing the wall. Later, he was interrogated by the principal and detained in her office all day.
- In California, city officials built a statue of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, costing taxpayers half a million dollars. The mayor said the Aztec religion possessed "those elements that seek to elevate the human consciousness to a higher plane." The irony is that the Aztec religion routinely engaged in human sacrifice! Yet the same city council ruled that there was no room for a manger with baby Jesus in it.
- On one hand, the government and courts prohibit the public expression of pro-Christian symbols. On the other hand, they sanctions anti-Christian expressions. For example, the publicly-funded National Endowments for the Arts has funded many indecent and obscene anti-Christian "art" for years, including a naked man with an erection holding a naked baby, the bust of Jesus Christ as a transvestite, a picture a Christ as a heroin junkie, a photograph of a crucifix upside down in a jar of the artist's urine, or sketches of Christ engaged in homosexual acts.
The organizations below offer excellent information about the religious
foundation of our country, the attack on religious liberties today and
what you can do about it.
Family Research Council Why You Should Be Involved - A Biblical Case for Social and Political Involvement
Family Research Council believes that religious observance and faith in
God have an overwhelmingly positive impact on society. Just as marriage has a foundational effect on the flourishing of family life, religious observance has a similar effect on community and national life. The fostering
of religious observance within a framework of religious freedom is a hallmark of our culture as shaped by our Founding Fathers. In the United States, the Judeo-Christian worldview has provided a sound basis for the flourishing of our
national culture and our political system. FRC, in the tradition of our Founding Fathers, works to encourage the free worship of God as a great good for individuals, couples, families, communities and the nation.
The information herein was gathered from David Bartonís books entitled
"The Myth of Separation" and "Original Intent." His
organization, Wallbuilders, is dedicated to the restoration of the moral
foundation on which America was built. This site shows how to analyze
legislation, examines current issues and offers excellent books and videos
on the Constitution, the courts and more.
American Center for Law and Justice
This site examines current issues regarding separation of church and state
from a legal perspective. More specifically, it explores the following
areas: religious rights in the workplace, student's rights in public schools,
churches and the IRS, religious displays on public property, pro-life
activity, assisted suicide, domestic partnerships and pornography. It
also examines Supreme Court cases and offers a monthly newsletter and
a credit card.
religious civil liberties education
and legal defense organization dedicated
to preserving religious freedom.
Hot issues, newsletter, press releases,
case updates and resources.
Center for Individual
Since its inception in 1989, the center has successfully defended the
rights of religious individuals, associations, and institutions against
governmental discrimination. Current cases and how to get help if your
rights have been violated.