Christianity Under Attack in America

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According to information released at a May 9, 2013 press conference by the families of Navy SEALs killed  in an August 2011 helicopter shoot-down in Afghanistan, “military brass  prohibited any mention of a Judeo-Christian G-d” and “invited a Muslim cleric to  the funeral for the fallen Navy SEAL Team VI heroes who disparaged in Arabic the  memory of these servicemen by damning them as infidels to Allah.” 

The accusations arose over a “ramp ceremony” held at Bagram Airfield in  Afghanistan as flag-draped caskets of the dead soldiers were loaded onto a plane  for transport back to the United   States.  The shocking words of the  Muslim cleric, revealed in later translations, were spoken at a memorial service  meant to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their  country.  They were yet another example of the abject disrespect of  Christians and Christianity endemic to the Muslim world.

Here at home, Christianity and Christian religious practices are also under  attack, but in more subtle ways and under a misinterpretation of the principle  of freedom of religion.  In the United States, that legal doctrine is  cited to marginalize Christian prayer and traditions, while, at the same time,  dramatically accommodating and even expanding Muslim religious  practices.  Myriad examples exist.

During the recent government shutdown, Catholic priests were warned that they could be arrested for celebrating Mass, even if performed on a  voluntary basis.  Under Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s direction  and determination was that priests do not “contribute to the morale” and  “well-being” of military personnel.”  Thus, offering of the sacraments  was prohibited and the Eucharist placed under  lock and key.  Curiously, no mention was made of curtailing  religious freedom for Muslim service members or furloughing imams.

This prohibition against Christian religious practice is not limited to the  military.  Police throughout the land also frequently come down hard  against Christians.  In 2010, a group of students from the  Arizona-based Wickenburg Christian Academy were ordered by a police officer to cease their quiet prayers on the steps of the Supreme  Court in Washington, D.C.  The officer cited a statute that prohibits  demonstrations on the steps, but no official policy bars prayer at that  location.

In June of 2010, David Wood and two other Christian missionaries were arrested by Dearborn,  Michigan, police at the annual Arab festival for discussing Christianity on a  public sidewalk outside the event. The men, who have since been acquitted, were  charged with disturbing the peace and spent the night in jail.

Contrast these incidents with a massive public display of praying Muslims  during the annual Muslim  Day Parade in New York City. Muslims, who are protected each year during the  event by Muslim NYPD officers, are free to engage in mass prayer, even  prostrating themselves on the streets of midtown Manhattan. Vehicular traffic  halts and participants freely harass non-Muslims who attempt to pass through the  area on foot.

Meanwhile, the ACLU has been at the forefront of an extensive effort to ban  Christian prayer from public schools under the “separation of church and state”  provision of the First Amendment.  This is a signature issue for the  “civil rights” organization.  However, for Muslim prayers, the  organization reverses its interpretation and fights for student rights to engage  in prayer.

For example, when Carver Elementary School in San Diego instituted a  15-minute prayer period during class time for Muslim students in 2004, the ACLU  endorsed  the practice.  ACLU spokesman Kevin Keenan said the group  supported Muslim prayer under the First Amendment’s prohibition against impeding  religion.  In this way, the ACLU was “honoring constitutional  standards for freedom of religion.”

 

Again in 2010, the ACLU mustered only mild to nonexistent concern when  6th-graders from a Wellesley, Massachusetts’s middle school took a field  trip to a local mosque at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and  engaged in prayer.  Parents were told that students would learn about  the architecture of the building and observe a midday prayer  service.  But once at the mosque — which is associated with the  Muslim Brotherhood, known supporters of Islamic terrorism — students were told  by a mosque official that “Allah is the only G-d” and taught how to recite the  midday prayer.  After being encouraged to join the Muslim men, some of  the boys prostrated themselves to Allah.

Meanwhile, in Michigan, Dearborn public schools have a policy of accommodating Muslim prayers at school during school hours, as well as  ignoring unexcused absences for Muslims to leave school early for Friday  prayers.  Yet, in 2009, after a Muslim organization complained about  permission slips given to Christian students to attend off-site afterschool  Bible study, issuance of the slips was discontinued.

In addition to police, the ACLU, and schools, U.S. courts have also sided  with the Islamic religion and against Christianity.  In 2001, the  Byron Union School District in Byron, California instituted a three-week unit on  Islam for 7th-graders.  Students took Muslim names, recited  Islamic prayers, and celebrated Ramadan.  When parents sued the school  on the grounds that the course was “officially endorsing a religion,” the U.S.  Supreme Court rejected  their appeal, leaving intact an earlier ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit  Court of Appeals that deemed that the unit did not violate the Constitution and  had an “instructional purpose.” 

In 2009, the same court of appeals upheld a ban by Henry Jackson High School officials in Everett, Washington against an  instrumental performance of Ave Maria at a 2006 commencement  ceremony.  A student futilely challenged the school’s determination  that the song was “an obvious religious piece” at a graduation that should be  “strictly secular.”

Government entities also bear down on the Christian  religion.  After allowing baptisms in Sinking Creek in the Ozarks for  an almost uninterrupted 50-year span, the National Park Service in August  notified Gladden Baptist Church in Salem, Missouri that permits would now be required in advance of baptism ceremonies in the  waterway.  The requirement was later rescinded in response to the  intervention of local Congressman Jason Smith.

And this month, in Ovid, Colorado, the director of a city-owned cemetery  initially refused to inscribe the Ichthus or “Jesus fish” on the tombstone of a local preacher’s  wife on the grounds that some people might be offended.  Despite the  fact that the cemetery is filled with headstones inscribed with religious  symbols and Biblical verses, city officials refused to come to the family’s  aid.  The cemetery director defended his position with a logic-defying  hypothetical: “What if someone wanted to put a swastika?” — thereby  disrespectfully equating a representation of Christ with a symbol associated  with Nazi Germany.  The city reversed itself only after public outcry  and media attention.

The instances listed above make it readily apparent that the First Amendment  is often conveniently misinterpreted to buttress the assault on the Christian  religion and its expression, practice, and traditions.  In this way,  Christianity is being insidiously expunged from public life using false legal  pretenses.  The legitimate interpretation of the provisions of the  First Amendment, which include prohibitions against government interference in  public religious expression and the establishment of a national religion, has  been twisted to prohibit Christian prayer in public places and  schools.  This is a false reading of “separation of church and  state.” 

et, as the instances listed above and many others illustrate, this  interpretation doesn’t apply to “mosque and state.”  Freedom of  religion has come to mean no freedom for the practice of Christianity but ample  freedom to practice Islam.  If the war on Christianity in America  isn’t halted soon, Barack Obama’s statement that “[w]hatever we once were, we  are no longer a Christian nation,” will certainly become a reality.

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13 thoughts on “Christianity Under Attack in America

  1. Obama in his dreams thinks we were once a Christian nation. What this country desperately needs is to not have Obama running it!

    Paulette Le Pore Motzko

    • Actually, the majority of politicians shouldn’t be running it.

      • Hello there…what is your name?
        Any idea for finding new leaders for our country? I already signed the impeachment papers for Barack Obama, what else can I or you do?

        Paulette Motzko

      • Welcome, I am 1Dragon and this is my site. I am here doing my best to educate and get information out there to those who want the truth. FYI, Obama will not be impeached. He is an un-constitutional prez and a usurper. He has violated the Constitution so many times and nothing has been done. This in itself tells me that either Congress has no balls or they are complicit. Take your choice.
        Just because a person is a Republican doesn’t make them a Conserative. Most Republicans in the House & Senate are Rino’s and most will side with Democrats unless they are up for re-election.

      • ​Since everyone in D.C. is complicit due to lack of action, this IS a legal remedy.

        ​​18 USC § 2382 – MISPRISION OF TREASON
        USC-prelim
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        This preliminary release may be subject to further revision before it is released again as a final version. As with other online versions of the Code, the U.S. Code Classification Tables should be consulted for the latest laws affecting the Code. Those using the USCPrelim should verify the text against the printed slip laws available from GPO (Government Printing Office), the laws as shown on THOMAS(a legislative service of the Library of Congress), and the final version of the Code when it becomes available.

        Current through Pub. L. 112-90. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)

        Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States and having knowledge of the commission of any treason against them, conceals and does not, as soon as may be, disclose and make known the same to the President or to some judge of the United States, or to the governor or to some judge or justice of a particular State, is guilty of misprision of treason and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than seven years, or both.

        It can be filed through two entities:

        The Provost Marshall, and read below:
        Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States and having knowledge of the commission of any treason against them, conceals and does not, as soon as may be, disclose and make known the same to the President or to some judge of the United States, or to the governor or to some judge or justice of a particular State, is guilty of misprision of treason and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than seven years, or both.
        http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2382

      • I think a civil war will happen before that takes place but there will be nothing civil about it.

      • BEFORE that happens, I’d like to see us at least TRY to do things the legal and right way.
        Then………………….

      • Any ideas for getting better leaders for America? Who in congress do you think is on the up and up? Anyone?

        Paulette Motzko

      • Most of the good ones won’t run. Washington is corrupt, more corrupt than any other city in the US and that corruption bleeds into once honest politicans. As far as someone in Congress……….the jury is still out on that one.

  2. …And, I am so disgusted with the so-called Christians in Our Country for sitting back and not saying enough. This SHOULD scare the B-Jezuz outta them….I approached two Deacons of a church that I went to high school with and pleaded with them to get involved. Do you know what their answers were:

    “We don’t get involved in Politics.”

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