Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Christians to GOP: Stand for Freedom of Religion

This week, the Republican platform committee is being asked to oppose the liberals' War on Christianity, by using the First Amendment guarantee of the free exercise of religion. A new study from the Family Research Council and the Liberty Institute enumerates 10 years of hostility toward religion in America's courts, public schools and government.
"Let this be a call to stand for religious liberty in the U.S."
-- Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council
For background, read August 1, 2012: Obama Attack on U.S. Constitution and also read Homosexualists' Terrorist Attack on Christians as well as Phoenix Christian Jailed for Home Worship Gatherings

For links to many attacks on prayer in America, CLICK HERE.

Tea Party Americans ask: Is Christian Liberty at Risk with a President Romney?

-- From "Growing hostility to religion in U.S." by The Associated Press 8/20/12

A report by Liberty Institute and the Family Research Council lists hundreds of instances in recent years, including lawsuits filed by atheist groups and administrative actions by government officials.

[Liberty Institute President Kelly] Shackelford says growing hostility toward religious expression can lead to violence like last week's shooting at the Washington headquarters of the Family Research Council that left an unarmed guard wounded.

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From "Study details instances of hostility toward religion" by Matthew Brown, Deseret News 8/20/12

The two conservative Christian groups are to present the study this week to the Republican National Convention's platform committee, hoping that will raise awareness of the issue, according to OneNewsNow.

The survey, which comes a week after a gunman shot a security guard at the FRC headquarters, details more than 600 instances over the past 10 years of "attacks and hostilities" against religion. They range from the passage of the federal Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare], which requires religious affiliated institutions to provide contraception coverage in their health care plans, to an eight-year-old girl who couldn't sing “Kum Ba Yah” at a Boys & Girls Club talent show because the lyrics contained the words, "Oh, my Lord."

Most of the instances cited in the survey are court cases or decisions by government. And the majority involves Christian faiths.

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From "Hostility Toward Religious Expression Growing" posted at CBNNews.com 8/20/12

"America today would be unrecognizable to our Founders. Our first liberty is facing a relentless onslaught from well-funded and aggressive groups and individuals who are using the courts, Congress, and the vast federal bureaucracy to suppress and limit religious freedom," Shackelford said.

"This radicalized minority is driven by an anti-religious ideology that is turning the First Amendment upside down," he said.

"The Obama administration no longer even speaks of freedom of religion; now it is only 'freedom of worship,'" he continued. "This radical departure is one that threatens to make true religious liberty vulnerable, conditional, and limited. This is no accident and it has huge ramifications."

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From "Survey reveals increasing hostility in US towards religion" by Michelle Bauman, CNA/EWTN News 8/20/12

Five years ago, [the report] said, it would have been “unthinkable” for the federal government to claim that it could “tell churches and synagogues which pastors and rabbis it can hire and fire.”

The survey also documented an “explosion” within the last decade of “cases involving local governments discriminating against churches, particularly in the local governments’ use of zoning laws and granting of permits.”

Furthermore, the report documented increasing attacks on religious freedom in the public sphere, pushing “the boundaries of religious hostility” to new limits.

It also noted several cases challenging prayer to open legislative assemblies, despite the fact that Congress has opened with prayer since the nation’s beginning.

The report also noted the “alarming frequency” of attacks on religious liberty within schools.

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Also read 'Gay Rights' Winning, Loss of Religious Liberty Documented - Washington Post writer demonstrates it's a "zero sum" game: Winning homosexual 'rights' means Christians must lose freedom of religion.

. . . and thus the concern that
Republicans are Accepting the Gay Agenda More and More