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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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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

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Exorcizing Religious Freedom

Posted by thelamp on March 24, 2007

The Department of Justice has launched the First Freedom Project, a program designed to protect religious rights in America. CMC applauds the effort to reduce threats against the free exercise of religion.There are two religious-liberty provisions in the First Amendment: no establishment and free exercise. Establishment-clause battles over “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance or the Ten Commandments in a courthouse grab news headlines. However its the restriction on free exercise of faith that has the most impact on daily life for Americans who follow Christ, discrimination against religious expression in the workplace, schools and land use, for example.

The First Freedom Project includes a number of facets to ensure that this precious right, guaranteed by our laws and Constitution, is recognized and protected:

  • A commitment to continued expansion of enforcement of civil rights statutes protecting religious liberty.
  • Creation of a Department-wide Task Force on Religious Liberty, chaired by the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division, to review DOJ policies impacting religious liberty, coordinate religious liberty cases, and improve outreach to stakeholder communities.
  • Initiation of a series of regional seminars to be held around the country to educate religious, civil rights, and community leaders, as well as attorneys, government officials and other interested citizens about the laws protecting religious freedom enforced by the Department of Justice and how to file complaints.
  • Increased outreach to religious organizations, civil rights organizations, and other groups and individuals concerned with religious liberty issues through meetings, speaking engagements, and distribution of informational literature.

When U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced the program, he also released a report titled, “Enforcement of Laws Protecting Religious Freedom: Fiscal Years 2001-2006.”

Click here to download the report.

“The right to religious freedom is a foundation of America,” President Bush said in the proclamation for last year’s national Religious Freedom Day. “Our Founding Fathers knew the importance of freedom of religion to a stable democracy, and our Constitution protects individuals’ rights to worship as they choose. We reject religious discrimination in every form, and we continue our efforts to oppose prejudice and to counter any infringements on religious freedom.”

The recently released DOJ report documents the Bush administration’s efforts to take religious discrimination seriously. Since establishing the first-ever special counsel for religious discrimination early in the administration, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division has dramatically increased enforcement of federal statutes protecting religious rights.

In education, for example, the DOJ reviewed 82 cases and conducted 40 investigations from 2001 to 2006. This record clearly reflects heightened interest in religious freedom when compared with the years 1995-2000, when the DOJ reviewed one case and made no investigations.

If you face religious discrimination in America, it helps to have the DOJ on your side. Ask the Christian student in New Jersey who won the right to sing a religious song at the school talent show, or the Jewish congregation in Florida that won the right to rent worship space in its city’s commercial district.

Americans who care about protecting the free exercise of religion owe a debt of gratitude to these and similar efforts to uphold religious rights.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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Different Bill, Same Concerns

Posted by thelamp on March 17, 2007

During February, the Center for Moral Clarity raised awareness among values voters regarding the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act, H.R. 254 the “hate-crimes bill” and the potential persecution of Christians posed by its provisions. It must be true that misery loves company, because this objectionable legislation may soon have a companion: the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (LLEHCPA).

First Amendment advocates with Capitol Hill connections believe that between the two, the LLEHCPA proposal may come to a vote first. Although it has yet to be introduced in the 110th Congress, the LLEHCPA has been approved separately in the House and the Senate on a number of occasions since 2000. Thankfully, until now final passage has been blocked by the House Republican leadership.

Considering the new composition of the House, people who oppose living by biblical standards are optimistic that some type of hate-crimes legislation will clear the legislature this session. The local law enforcement measure is a hate-crimes bill on steroids. If passed, it would do more harm than good.

Click here to send an e-mail to members of the House of Representatives, urging them not to vote for the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Click here to see all of the current legislative issues important to Bible-believing values voters.

Like David’s Law, LLEHCPA would broaden federal hate-crimes laws to condone and promote homosexuality by establishing sexual orientation as an eligible category for protecting “victims.” One of the most basic precepts of American democracy is equality. There’s certainly no reason to abandon that objective now and extend special treatment to homosexuals.

The legislation would also make grants available to state and local communities to combat violent crimes committed by juveniles, train law enforcement officers, or to assist in state and local investigations and prosecutions of crimes motivated by bias. The thought police don’t need any more resources.

If Christians are bone weary of tip-toeing around socially accepted lifestyles that contradict Scripture, imagine the restrictions that will follow enactment of expanded hate-crime laws. We might as well kiss the Bill of Rights good-bye right now.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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Different Bill, Same Concerns

Posted by thelamp on March 12, 2007

During February, the Center for Moral Clarity raised awareness among values voters regarding the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act, H.R. 254 the “hate-crimes bill” and the potential persecution of Christians posed by its provisions. It must be true that misery loves company, because this objectionable legislation may soon have a companion: the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (LLEHCPA).

First Amendment advocates with Capitol Hill connections believe that between the two, the LLEHCPA proposal may come to a vote first. Although it has yet to be introduced in the 110th Congress, the LLEHCPA has been approved separately in the House and the Senate on a number of occasions since 2000. Thankfully, until now final passage has been blocked by the House Republican leadership.

Considering the new composition of the House, people who oppose living by biblical standards are optimistic that some type of hate-crimes legislation will clear the legislature this session. The local law enforcement measure is a hate-crimes bill on steroids. If passed, it would do more harm than good.

Click here to send an e-mail to members of the House of Representatives, urging them not to vote for the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Click here to see all of the current legislative issues important to Bible-believing values voters.

Like David’s Law, LLEHCPA would broaden federal hate-crimes laws to condone and promote homosexuality by establishing sexual orientation as an eligible category for protecting “victims.” One of the most basic precepts of American democracy is equality. There’s certainly no reason to abandon that objective now and extend special treatment to homosexuals.

The legislation would also make grants available to state and local communities to combat violent crimes committed by juveniles, train law enforcement officers, or to assist in state and local investigations and prosecutions of crimes motivated by bias. The thought police don’t need any more resources.

If Christians are bone weary of tip-toeing around socially accepted lifestyles that contradict Scripture, imagine the restrictions that will follow enactment of expanded hate-crime laws. We might as well kiss the Bill of Rights good-bye right now.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

Posted in Anti-Christian attitudes, Center for Moral Clarity, Christianity, Christianity and Homosexuality, CMC, Freedom of Religion, hate crimes, Homosexual Marriage, Homosexuality, Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage, Recent News & Events, Rod Parsley, Separation of Church and State, Separation of Church and State--the First Amendment, The Church | Leave a Comment »