Monday, December 16, 2013

Atheists: Ohio Religious Liberty Bill is Dangerous

Lawmakers want Ohio to be one of over a dozen states to pass a law that preserves freedom of religion, in opposition to the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  The Ohio Religious Freedom Restoration Act, currently under consideration, would allow, for example, religious displays and prayer in school.
“We want to be sure, perfectly sure, that if someone wants to put up an expression of their religion, wants to pray in school, that they will not be denied. . . . God gave us our rights, not the government, not the neighbor, but God. Government is here to protect those rights.”
-- Rep. Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland.
UPDATE 7/1/14: Liberals vs. Supreme Court Religious Liberty Rulings

For background, read Atheists' Lawsuits Force Jesus Out of Ohio Schools and also read God NOT Your Idol, Says Teacher; Michael Jackson Is as well as Texas Law Tells Schools to Ignore Atheist Threats

In addition, read how schools across America are banning Christmas and read the myriad attacks on Christians by atheists nationwide.

-- From "Reps aim to strengthen religious freedom" by Chrissie Thompson, The Cincinnati Enquirer 12/5/13

Under the bill, separation of church and state would be enforced with the least restrictions possible and only when promoting a “compelling government interest.”

For instance, public teachers or workers in Ohio should be able to wear a cross necklace or display a Nativity scene, said state Rep. Tim Derickson, R-Hanover Township.

The bill has the support of groups that include the Ohio Catholic Conference, Agudath Israel of America, the Ohio Council of Churches and Citizens for Community Values.

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From "Bill aims to let praying, Jesus back in Ohio schools" by Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch 12/5/13

Rep. Tim Derickson, a Republican from Oxford and one of the co-sponsors, called the bill introduced yesterday “a preventive attempt” to block further encroachment on expression of religious freedom. He cited examples such as prohibition of prayer in schools and public places, zoning issues for churches, and public expression of religious faith, such as wearing crosses and displaying Nativity scenes.

Patrick Elliott, a staff attorney for Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., called the proposal bad policy and “dangerous.”

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From "Ohio Lawmakers Push Religious Freedom Bill That Could Bring Prayer, Jesus Portraits Back to Schools" by Katherine Weber, Christian Post Reporter 12/7/13

The bill reportedly mirrors the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed [in 1993 and signed] by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1993 that protects First Amendment rights by requiring strict scrutiny in cases that would restrict religious freedom. A court would only be allowed to rule to restrict religious freedom in a case if the ruling supports "compelling government interest," the bill states. So far, 17 states have implemented religious freedom laws mirroring the federal one.

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Because of the intimidation tactics of atheist lawyer organizations, state governments across America are educating its citizens on constitutional religious liberty by passing laws in Texas, and Louisiana, and North Carolina, and South Carolina, and Missouri, and Mississippi, and Florida, and Tennessee.

The root issue is American Religious Liberty vs. Anti-Christian Totalitarianism

To read the latest attacks on Christian prayer by atheists, click label "PRAYER" below: