Apparently we can all get along until the Christian religion - specifically the words "God" or "Jesus" are brought up in the public forum as if it is pornographic. Yet we are to be tolerant of other religions, scientific theories, sexual promiscuity as well as various other political views and lifestyles that are in direct opposition to the biblical world view we've been called to die for. These "bans" are foolish and dangerous displays of arrogance.
A teacher had a banner in his class room that quoted the Declaration of Independence. A banner, which had been displayed for seventeen years, contained this excerpt: “All Men Are Created Equal, They Are Endowed By Their Creator.”
One school official in Ann Arbor, MI justified himself as he banned the 1st amendment expression by claiming a Muslim student might be offended by the slogan. HERE is the complete article.
When was the last time you heard Christians suing the government to end Jewish or Muslim rights in the public forum? Christians have sued, but as far as I can tell, it is to keep their freedom of religion and speech, not reduce that of others.
In 2nd grade my brother had a black friend. Peter used to come to the house to play and was just one of the kids. His parents were educated at Yale, and they drove a gray Mercedes. Living in an all white New England town they were well liked and accepted - well, until some bigots tried to burn a cross on their front lawn.
In 4th grade my teacher was Jewish, and she told her wide-eyed, predominantly Catholic class, all about Hanukkah and the other holidays she celebrated without censure. No one complained.
When I was in 5th grade, we learned about government and politics. Richard Nixon was running against Hubert Humphry and George Wallace that year. MORE Mr. Pokrob, who was probably a liberal, presented the platforms of all three candidates without prejudice. Our class had a vote and Nixon won - well, the other guy was for education and we were stuck in class - what would you do? In January, we watched Nixon's inaugural speech on TV.
My point is simply that race, religion and political affiliation were just part of life. It seemed like all moderate - and some strong expressions - of individuality were accepted without question. What absolutely appals me is that we continue to take to court, cases that waste time and effort to redetermine, what seem to be reasonable and moderate expressions of faith, and opinion protected by our 1st Amendment rights.
How is it that our basic personal freedoms are at stake in cases like this. Folks pounded the Bush administration for listening into to overseas phone calls by possible terrorists that would harm us. Sure, it is an attack on privacy and personal freedom. But for those that are above the law, it isn't that big a deal. The same is true of video monitoring in stores and drunk driver check points. If you are not committing a crime, who cares?
The biggest threat to freedom I see is the government telling us what we have to purchase, such as health care, and what we can't buy; potentially firearms. Neither gives us freedom. If you want to cover the uninsured, do it, but don't force them to buy something they may not want. Firearms? Enforce strict licensing laws, there is no problem with that. If folks are not committing crimes they will comply without question in the same way they take their shoes off at the airport.
God in the public forum, it can't be as offensive as letting child molesters go on small bail bonds and short prison sentences, can it?
These persecutions are certainly on the rise, and I guess that it part and parcel of the End Times. What do you think, are you happy with your constitutional rights?