Anti-Christian Persecution On The Rise In The US
July 7, 2012 27 Comments
The free exercise of religion is under attack in this country. If it isn’t Obama’s war on religion, attempting to force churches to fund contraception in spite of their religious convictions opposing contraception, it’s local governments trying to prevent bible studies or religious speech on street corners. If it isn’t that then it’s government funded colleges banning religious speech or religious convictions. The secular liberal view of the world is so pervasive that they refuse to tolerate any dissent. We’re getting to the point where in a generation or two it shouldn’t surprise any of us if the liberals start actively persecuting those who desire to religiously train their children.
In Arizona Pastor Michael Salman hosts a bible study at his home. Between 15-20 people attend each week. Of course local authorities charged him with 67 code violations and had him sentenced to 60 days in jail with a fine of over $12,000. Apparently it is unacceptable to hold Bible studies in Phoenix Arizona if more than a couple people attend. The fire department broke up a 20 person Bible study being held in Salman’s backyard. Why exactly 20 people on a 4 acre property creates a fire hazard i anyone’s guess. I’ve hosted 50 people in my back yard and I only have an acre. We sang psalms, which is likely more overtly Christian than anything Salman did. How can this situation be viewed as anything other than religious persecution? If Salman had 20 family members over for a barbecue no one would care, that 20 people show up for a Bible study earns him 60 days in the slam.
In Minnesota Brian Johnson wants to hand out Bible’s at a so-called “Gay Pride” event. A Federal judge issued an injunction declaring that he may not hand out Bible’s at the event. According to US District Judge Michael Davis, who issued a 41 page opinion, Johnson does not have the Constitutional right to hand out Bible’s at homosexual events. Thankfully the 8th Circuit stayed Davis’ ruling in an emergency appeal. That doesn’t change the fact that a Federal judge believes it is not the constitutional right of an American citizen to hand out Bible’s at a homosexual, or any other event. We may debate whether or not such street evangelism is successful or does anything to advance the Kingdom of Christ. But that we must defend whether or not handing out Bible’s is protected by the Constitution says a lot about the state of our country.
In Georgia Jennifer Keeton wants to become a therapist. Miss Keeton attended Augusta State University to obtain a degree in therapy. Miss Keeton is a Christian who openly opposes homosexual activities. That landed her in trouble with the University which demanded she attend a re-education class aka a “diversity sensitivity” course. She refused and filed suit. Unfortunately she lost her suit. The precedent set is disturbing. First, government funded universities may now force propaganda classes on students who do not share views held by the university. Second, if you oppose homosexual activity you apparently aren’t welcome to become a therapist. Miss Keeton’s position is rooted in her Christian faith, a faith with a government funded university believes are unacceptable and worthy of “re-education” via forced “diversity sensitivity” training.
If we do not protect religious freedom we will turn into a nation like Germany where a court recently banned infant circumcision. This of course directly affects Germany’s 100,000 Jews most of whom believe in circumcising boys as a sign of the covenant. The court claims circumcision violates a “fundamental right of bodily integrity.” If a child wants to be Jewish according to the German Court the child can “decide his religious affiliation himself later in life.” In short, parents have no rights over their children. In fact, 4,000 years of religious tradition is thrown out the door by liberal do gooders. This is an incredibly aggressive form of liberalism that forces everyone to back the values of liberalism or risk being subject to state intrusion into our lives, our children and our property.
Germany is far ahead of us in restricting religious freedom. But is there any doubt that we’re headed in that direction? Germany already bans homeschooling and actively restricts what religious schools can teach children. We have judges in the United States who allow government schools to ban students from holding specific beliefs. We have other judges who don’t want to allow free citizens to pass Bibles out on street corners. We have other judges throwing pastors in jail for holding small Bible studies in his home. These judges don’t act without government institutions asking them to act. Religious persecution is on the rise and it all stems from the liberal desire to control individuals and overthrow traditional Christian culture.