Christian Persecution in America . . . that’s the subject of this Big B File.
In the previous Big B File, I briefly alluded to the persecution of Roman Catholics and other Christians in the USA. Christian Values and beliefs have been under assault for the last half century right here in the United States of America. You might ask “Christian Persecution in America. . .What are you talking about?” That is a perfectly valid question, so let me proceed to answer it for you now by going into detail with some examples.
Remember Madalyn Murray O’Hair? In 1960, she sued the Baltimore, Maryland School District In the case Murray v. Curlett that went all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court where in an 8 to 1 decision, the court said that Public Prayer and Bible reading in Public Schools was “coercive” and therefore declared it unconstitutional…a separation of Church and State a.k.a. the Establishment Clause to the United States Constitution. The First Amendment actually says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
What the founding fathers of the USA intended was to keep the Us Congress from setting up a new denomination or religion like the Church of England (currently known as the Worldwide Anglican Communion), where the King or Queen currently be reigning would be the head of the church. When the Church of England was set up by Henry VIII, you had to join the church or risk Public Execution! In no way does it mean that religion is banned from the public square nor mandate that the Government be Secular (which is a religion of it’s own), nor prohibit the public display of Religious symbols such as Ten Commandments Monuments, Nativity Scenes, Crosses, etc. on public lands or in public buildings whatsoever! Speaking of Crosses . .
Just last year, the government of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana (Parishes in Louisiana are the same as Counties elsewhere in the USA) erected a memorial in memory of the victims of Hurricane Katrina that struck the Gulf Coast of America on August 29, 2005. Included in the memorial was a was a life sized version of the Crucifix, which would be surrounded by water. This was the reason for having the Crucifix surrounded by water, according to St. Bernard Parish:
“Rodriguez and others like the idea of putting the monument along the banks of the MRGO, because that waterway, dug by the federal government as a shipping shortcut in the 1960s, is widely blamed in the parish for accelerating the deadly flooding that accompanied Katrina. Over the years erosion has widened the outlet, so the bank on which the cross will be erected is on privately owned land, Rodriguez said. He added that the parish is researching who owns the land on which the stone monument bearing the names of the victims will sit, but he thinks that it is also privately owned.
– ACLU wants parish to forget cross: Katrina memorial bears Jesus’ face
By Karen Turni Bazile, New Orleans times picayune
The ACLU said that St. Bernard Parish Government violated the Church-State Separation and needed to replace the cross with something ‘Religious Neutral’. In other words, something that is not Christian at all.
Another example is what happened to a 10 year old girl in Suburban Chicago, IL (courtesy of the Traditional Values Coalition) :
High School Girls Charged With ‘Hate Crimes’ Against Homosexuals
May 24, 2007 – Police in Crystal Lake, Illinois have charged two 16-year-old girls with committing a hate crime against homosexuals for distributing fliers critical of homosexual conduct.
According to McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, the girls clearly committed hate crimes by distributing fliers showing two boys kissing, along with negative statements about homosexuality.
Under Illinois law, a person commits a hate crime if he targets another person’s race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin.
“This is a perfect example showing why ‘hate crime’ laws are so dangerous to freedom of speech,” said TVC Executive Director Andrea Lafferty.
“Criticism of homosexual sex acts is protected speech under our Constitution, yet homosexual activists want to silence any factual statements about the health risks of homosexual acts. The First Amendment is being dismantled by homosexual radical.”
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A third example is the Ten Commandments monuments all across the country under assault by the far left S-Ps such as the ACLU. This the very same ACLU that ‘Junior’ Rodriquez in St. Bernard Parish, LA was told is “the nation’s foremost defender of individual religious liberty as embodied in the First Amendment to the Constitution” for every cult and religion other than Christianity . . .every single branch of Christianity. In the eyes of the ACLU, Christians are are just the same as the Plague . . .something that needs to be eradicated by any means possible!
How Appropriate . . .considering the fact that the ACLU was founded by people who were active in the Communist Party. They have had as their agenda ever since their founding to turn the USA into a totalitarian state under Communist Rule, stamping out everything that stands in the way of an ‘anything goes’ agenda. That is exactly what Christianity does now to the ACLU and their Far Left S-P Allies.
Fourth example is the Nativity Scenes you see every Christmas season. The Nativity Scenes go back to the early days of the Church, although St. Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the Nativity Scene as we know it today in 1223. As the website Living Catholicism explains it:
From the early days of the Church, believers painted scenes of the birth of Christ beginning in the catacombs. These scenes became a staple of Christian life and carried on through the years. In the time of St. Francis of Assisi, the images had taken a new form: faithful Catholics would sit out mangers in front of their local church, but these mangers were often jeweled and made of gold to represent who they held. St. Francis marvelled at this and felt that the people were forgetting the humble, poor birth of our Lord Jesus.
So in 1223, St. Francis created the first living Creche in a small cave in Italy. On Christmas eve he gathered with others to act out the Nativity scene in all it’s impoverished glory. This re-enactment is credited as the first Creche (which is French for “manger”) and from that point forward the creche was designed in a more realistic way by depicting a stable scene.
A creche traditionally includes two animals: an ox and a donkey. These were the two animals participating in St. Francis’ creche because he wanted to allude to Isaiah 1:3 which states “The ox knows its owner, and the ass its master’s crib; but Israel does not know, my people does not understand.”
– Living Catholicism: A Short History of the Creche or Nativity Scene
December 09, 2006
The nativity scenes are used to remind people what the true meaning of Christmas is as well as what the holiday is really all about. It also illustrates for us what the first Christmas looked like when Jesus was born in a lowly manger in Bethlehem. Remember…the first amendment expressly bans infringement on the free exercise of religion anywhere…period!Contrary to the ACLU, that does include ALL Public places. Unfortunately, for the past few decades, the ACLU and other groups from the Far Left S-P camp have given a very incorrect interpretation of the “Separation of Church & State”. The Far Left S-Ps all say that it in the Constitution and in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists in 1802 where he says nothing about keeping religion out of Government and the public square whatsoever. The S-Ps premise is nothing short of a bunch of bologna. It Actually comes from the 1947 Supreme Court case of Arch R. Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing, et al. (Click here for full text), where Associate Justice Hugo Black said the following:
“The ‘establishment of religion’ clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions or prefer one religion over another. Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion. No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or non-attendance. No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion. Neither a state nor the Federal Government can, openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups and vice versa. In the words of Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect ‘a wall of separation between Church and State.'” 330 U.S. 1, 15-16.
– Opinion of Associate Justice Hugo Black
Supreme Court case of Arch R. Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing, et al.
The ACLU and their fellow Far Left Secular-Progressives say that having Nativity Scenes on Public Property (courthouse squares, schools, parks, etc. violates the Church-State Separation and are not allowed on public property whatsoever. Just ask Somerset, Massachusetts about the ACLU and Nativity Scenes. Prayer in Public Schools, Benediction at Graduation Ceremonies, students not allowed to pray during school hours, Christian groups not allowed to meet on school grounds nor in the school buildings themselves when Non-Christian groups are allowed to use the same facilities with no restrictions whatsoever…the list goes on and on. Isn’t it ironic how the ACLU and their fellow Far Left S-Ps don’t say the same thing to Muslims, witches, Atheists, Buddhists, and other non-Christian groups…what a bunch of hypocrites! In fact, these same people go way out of their way to get a Muslim Foot Bath placed at universities such as Boston University, Cal State-Fullerton, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Washington University of St. Louis and University of Michigan-Dearborn (hat tip: Debbie Schlussel) and at the Kansas City Airport, among other examples. You never hear of the ACLU and their fellow Far Left S-Ps screaming Mosque-Stat Separation at all…do you?
After reading this Big B file, you should understand why and how Christians are persecuted here in the good old United States of America. And that is the Big B Files. Click on the “Comments” Link below and tell me what you think . . .I’m Bryan Hewing.