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Congress Endorses Freedom of Religious Expression

Posted by thelamp on October 4, 2006

Citizens have moved one step closer to true religious freedom in America. For far too long, taxpayers have had to pay legal fees for groups like the American Civil Liberties Union when they sued the government for religious displays like nativity scenes on government property or other public expression of religious faith.

Eliminating these monetary awards will free citizens to stand up for their constitutional freedoms. That’s the intent behind the Public Expressions of Religion Act, which earned the support of 244 members of Congress. Although it’s still not law, the vote is a significant victory for Americans who cherish their constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom.

“People mistakenly believe that the separation of church and state is a part of the U.S. Constitution,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, author of the best-selling book, Silent No More.

The Constitution states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment was clearly conceived to restrict government, not the people.

According to Pastor Parsley, none of the nation’s foundational documents mentions separation of church and state – neither the U.S. Constitution nor the Declaration of Independence.

“In fact, most of the framers of these important documents are quoted over and over again as holding a deep belief in God and need for His guidance through government,” Parsley has said.

In the past, the ACLU has used proceeds from lawsuits against state, local and federal governments – representatives of the people – to fund various programs and campaigns to further silence religious expression. Hopefully, the ACLU and others will get the message that they’ll have to foot the bill themselves if they want to take their unrighteous claims to court.


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