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Archive for the ‘Religion/Politics’ Category

Religious Symbols Have a Champion

Posted by thelamp on June 18, 2007

The American Legion, which has a membership of 2.7 million wartime veterans, joined forces this month with two legal groups in a campaign to defend religious symbols on veterans’ memorials. This is a Christian nation; and it will continue to be one unless people of faith relinquish the guarantees bestowed by the U.S. Constitution.

Click here to urge Congress to pass the Public Expression of Religion Act.

The brave men and women of the military who defend this nation deserve to have their faith in God expressed on the monuments erected in their honor. Not surprisingly, the American Civil Liberties Union and other secular organizations disagree; and they are challenging the placement of crosses at memorials in San Diego and the Mojave Desert.

If atheists use the courts to remove crosses from memorials, how long will it be before religious symbols are barred from military cemeteries? A soldier’s final reward should not be encumbered by restrictions on one of the most important freedoms that he – or she – helped to preserve.

“This nation is becoming a place where atheists and the organizations they run are prepared to challenge almost every expression of our Christian heritage,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “These groups scan the national landscape looking for opportunities to file lawsuits in the name of ‘separation of church and state.’ The focus of these suits ranges from stopping prayers at school sporting events, to having Christian symbols removed from city seals, to keeping nativity scenes off public property at Christmas, to having “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance.”

The controversy involves the Mount Soledad cross in San Diego. Erected in 1954 on city property, the cross is part of a Korean War memorial. In 1989, an individual backed by the civil-liberties group sued, claiming the symbol was an unconstitutional establishment of the Christian faith. Additionally, a court challenge by the ACLU forced officials to board up a cross at a Mojave Desert war memorial erected in 1934.

Clearly, the secularization of America is well underway. Thankfully, there are patriotic groups, such as the American Legion, that understand how drastically different America would be without its religious roots. To the American Legion’s credit, the national commander says they won’t stop with crosses; the veterans also intend to defend other religious symbols placed at memorials.

The American Legion is a strong supporter of the Public Expression of Religion Act – H.R. 725, which would put an end to such frivolous lawsuits. The Center for Moral Clarity also advocates passing this legislation.

Click here to urge Congress to pass the Public Expression of Religion Act.

Click here to view other bills pending in Congress that are important to values voters.

source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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Posted in american legion, Center for Moral Clarity, CMC, congress, constitution, freedom, Freedom of Religion, public expression of religion act, Recent News & Events, Religion/Politics, Rod Parsley, Separation of Church and State, Separation of Church and State--the First Amendment, values voters, voting rights | Leave a Comment »

Texas Protects Students From Secularists’ Harassment

Posted by thelamp on June 18, 2007

Texas students will have greater freedom to express their religious views on school campuses under the Religious Viewpoint Anti-Discrimination Act, a measure signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry on June 8.

Under the new law, religious beliefs expressed in homework, artwork and other assignments are to be judged by traditional academic standards. Students can’t be penalized or rewarded because of the religious content of their work.

Supporters say the measure is needed to protect students from censorship and school districts from lawsuits. There are plenty of cases to illustrate the degree of religious discrimination that exists in America’s public schools.

Perry earned the respect of many Christian parents in April when he acknowledged at a news conference that teens’ religious speech was quashed at public school. The governor cited examples of students being prohibited from wishing troops overseas a “Merry Christmas” or told they couldn’t distribute religious bracelets at recess.

Along with granting students freedom of religious expression, the new law also requires schools to establish a “limited public forum” at all school events in which students speak. Of course, schools will have to develop a neutral method for selecting pupils to speak at school events and graduation ceremonies, and officials must provide a written or oral disclaimer that the student’s speech was not endorsed by the school district.

It all seems like a lot of unnecessary machinations just to extend a basic right that’s already guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Still, Texas lawmakers should get a gold star for going the extra distance to make sure school is not a place where children are harassed by secularists who can’t respect Christian views.

Source:  www.centerformoralcalrity.net

Posted in Anti-Christian attitudes, Anti-discrimination, Center for Moral Clarity, christians, civil rights, CMC, Education, Equal Rights, Evangelism, freedom, Freedom of Religion, Mission / Evangelism, moral, moral values, Preaching, public school, Recent News & Events, Religion, Religion/Politics, Rod Parsley, school, texas | Leave a Comment »

On Second Thought

Posted by thelamp on May 17, 2007

The state of Pennsylvania is allowing a Christian college and a coalition of faith-based, non-profit service organizations to use government-funded job placement services after previously denying the request.

Geneva College and the Association of Faith-Based Organizations (AFBO) had been denied access to the state’s job placement services, which are funded by the federal government. State and federal officials said they were concerned about violating a governmental “non-discrimination policy” that prohibits listing of religious staffing requirements.

Geneva College is a four-year private Christian college in Beaver Falls, Penn. The Association of Faith-Based Organizations, based in Springfield, Va., works to protect religious organizations’ constitutional right to staff and select members on a religious basis.

Prompted by a lawsuit last December, the federal government and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have conceded that “the policy did not apply to Geneva College or AFBO’s members, and they will no longer be prohibited from posting job listings.”

Government officials, both state and federal, must recognize the constitutional right of religious organizations to hire employees who share their beliefs and values. This right is as central to a faith-based organization’s mission as other qualifications are to non-religious businesses. It shouldn’t take a court order, or threat of one, to enjoy the guaranteed protection of Constitution.

source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

Posted in afbo, Anti-Christian attitudes, association of faith-based organizations, Center for Moral Clarity, Christianity, christians, civil rights, CMC, constitution, Education, Equal Rights, geneva college, God, pennsylvania, Recent News & Events, Religion/Politics, Separation of Church and State, Separation of Church and State--the First Amendment | Leave a Comment »

Maine Pro-lifers: ‘Not With Our Money!’

Posted by thelamp on May 4, 2007

Pro-lifers across Maine converged at the state capitol last week to voice their opposition to a bill that would use their tax money to pay for abortions for poor women. The state already doles out $1 million every year to Planned Parenthood, so advocates for life are justified to declare that enough is enough.

State Senate President Beth Edmonds, D-Freeport, is the sponsor of the measure, which would force Maine residents to spend $283,000 more on taxpayer-funded abortions.

The cost of the bill is based on an average out-of-pocket cost of $350 and a count of MaineCare patients who got abortions from one of the state’s three nonprofit providers of the procedure – the Family Planning Association of Maine, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center.

If the bill passes, terminating life of preborn babies would be paid for through MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid service. Abortion, though, is not a fundamental human right. The issue is about the sanctity of life, not charity, as the bill’s supporters would like people to believe.

Currently, MaineCare only pays for abortions when the mother’s life is in jeopardy or in cases of rape and incest. The bill under consideration would expand that to cover all abortions.

Last week, dozens of pro-life advocates rallied on the capitol steps. Inside, there was standing room only when the Health and Human Services Committee convened a public hearing on the bill. Consistent with their duty as Christians, activists made it clear that they didn’t want their money used to pay for abortions.

“The inescapable fact is that Christians cannot – and should not – divorce their biblical perspective from public policy and law making,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “Someone’s perspective will influence our laws – it’s just a question of whose. ”

Tax payers in Maine – or in any state of the union – should not have to contradict their own consciences by paying for elective abortions. In addition to the moral considerations, using tax dollars to kill babies is an irresponsible financial decision that will put more strain on the state’s budget.

source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

Posted in Abortion, Anti-Abortion, Center for Moral Clarity, Christianity, christians, CMC, Family Matters, Health related, maine, Partial Birth Abortion, planned parenthood, pro-life, Recent News & Events, Religion, Religion/Politics, Rod Parsley | Leave a Comment »

Restoring Rights is Righteous

Posted by thelamp on April 22, 2007

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and his cabinet have approved a plan to restore voting privileges and other civil rights to felons who have finished their sentences. Voting is a vital aspect of being a citizen in a democratic nation. The Center for Moral Clarity applauds this plan, because it should go a long way to help men and women who have paid their debt to society.

Until this change in policy, Florida was one of three states in the nation that permanently barred former felons from the voting booth. Perhaps lawmakers in Virginia and Kentucky will see the merit and wisdom in Florida’s compassionate decision and follow their lead. Full participation in the democratic process is advantageous for the entire nation.

During the 2004 presidential election, Florida had an estimated 960,000 ex-felons who were unable to vote. Nationwide, some 5.3 million Americans – roughly one in every 40 adults – have currently or permanently lost their voting rights as a result of a felony conviction. Among them are 1.4 million African-American men (that’s 13 percent of all black men in America). This rate is seven times the national average. Given current rates of incarceration, as much as 40 percent of the next generation of black men can expect to lose their right to participate in elections at some point in their lives.

Although the initial punishment is warranted, it’s wrong to keep people on the fringes of society permanently once they have served their sentences. Such restrictions benefit no one.

Each state has developed its own process for restoring voting rights to ex-offenders. However, in many instances, the restoration processes are so complicated and cumbersome that few who are eligible take advantage of the opportunity. It shouldn’t be that difficult.

Forgiveness is fundamental to Christianity. Through their activism, Bible believers have the ability to influence public policy to reflect this biblical principle. By restoring an ex-offender’s civil rights, the state is acknowledging that the crime has been put in the past and the door is open to a fresh start in society.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

Posted in Center for Moral Clarity, charlie crist, civil rights, felons, florida, Recent News & Events, Religion/Politics, Rod Parsley | Leave a Comment »