The war against God in the public square is not confined to the United States. It is being waged in most Western countries to silence and curtail the religious freedom of Christians. Listen to this report about how Calgary’s Muslim mayor welcomed the Occupy Wall Street Marxists into city hall, but charged a Christian preacher with trespassing.
You may (or may not) have heard that the PC Police have been out on Capitol Hill during this Christmas, er, holiday, er, winter season and told congressmen that they are not allowed to wish their constituents “Merry Christmas” in official mailings. Representative Scott Rigell (R-VA) has a very politically incorrect Christmas message for you this Christmas season.
Despite several decades of war by secularists on Christianity and the celebration of Christmas, we still have it pretty good in America. When you take a look around the world, at the high cost in some places of identifying with the name of Christ, we are extremely blessed here. In many countries, it can cost you your life to be recognized as a Christian.
In a world where academia, the “mainstream” media and other elites have made it clear to the herd that religious beliefs have no place in the “real world,” it can be shocking to some to see a Christian like Tim Tebow who (duh!) takes his faith seriously enough to let it pervade every area of his life. But sportscaster Gregg Doyel gets it, and exposes the hypocrisy of the self-appointed pop-culture guardians.
We have seen the full-frontal assault against marriage by radical homosexual judges and homo-sympathizing legislators. Another current example of radical homosexuals pushing the envelope to force society to accept their behavior comes fromSan Antonio where an employee of Macy’s department store has been fired for refusing to allow a man to use the women’s dressing rooms. No, I’m not joking.
The Thanksgiving Family Forum, a discussion of what is known in modern culture as “social issues” by the GOP presidential candidates. It was held yesterday at the First Federated Church, Des Moines, Iowa. It was moderated by Frank Luntz. Most of the GOP candidates were there to participate in this forum that was very different than all the conventional debates we’ve seen so far, and they talked about what George Washington called the “indispensable supports” of our political prosperity. The issues discussed here make this forum quite likely the most important one you can view leading up to the 2012 election.
Eric Stanley of the Alliance Defense Fund was on Wallbuilders Live yesterday, discussing the Pulpit Initiative. This effort started in 2007 by the Alliance Defense Fund to challenge the unconstitutional tax code provision fostered in 1954 by then Senator Lyndon Johnson to silence his nonprofit political enemies. This year, 539 pastors participated, and next year even more are expected to come on board.
Homosexual activists in Iowa who want to force a Christian businesswoman to affirm their counterfeiting of marriage. Two lesbians want to call their union “marriage” and insist that a Christian baker make a wedding cake for them. This is another clear illustration that the homosexual agenda is not about tolerance, but about forcing people and society in general to affirm their unhealthy and immoral sexual behaviors.
A few weeks ago, Gina Miller wrote about a student in a Texas school who was sent to the principal’s office and placed on suspension for stating in class that homosexual behavior is wrong. The school district has now issued a letter of apology for having trampled the student’s First Amendment rights. But the war between our nation’s traditional values and the “new morality” of sexual license is far from over.
Liberals are nervous. They should be. As the 2012 election grows closer a soft rumble builds throughout thousands of Evangelical Christian churches across America. Pastors and churchgoers alike are waking up to the disturbing reality that we as a nation have strayed drastically from our historical Judeo-Christian moorings. John Adams, our second president, once said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Since egregious ignorance has been the order of the day among the general population for decades, and since there has been an ongoing campaign of lies, propaganda and revisionism intended to muzzle, silence and tie the hands of Christians in America over those same decades, you may be completely unaware of America’s rich Christian heritage. Indeed, the evidence is overwhelming that America was founded by Bible-believing Christians on Christian principles.
Today is Pulput Freedom Sunday, when nearly 500 pastors across America will re-assert their God-given, constitutional freedom to address the moral excellence and/or moral failings of government policies and procedures in our nation. In doing so, they will be challenging a 57 year old tax code provision prohibiting tax exempt organizations from exercising their right to free speech–and in the case of pastors and churches, their right to freedom of religious expression. They will also be re-asserting a rich heritage going back far more than even the 235 year life of our country–that of speaking to the moral ills and attacks on God-given freedoms in our society.
As part of a settlement of an Alliance Defense Fund lawsuit, the city of Mission voted Wednesday to exempt from its “driveway tax” churches and other entities who are exempt from property taxes under state law. The odd tax, similar to ones struck down by supreme courts in two other states, bills property owners based on the number of trips in and out of their driveways.
The communist Left’s campaign to drive every hint of God from our nation’s classrooms continues. In case you missed the story from a couple of weeks ago, the latest twist in the case of the assault on one teacher’s freedom of speech has been a blow dealt by the notoriously leftist 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that ruled that school district authorities did not violate the teacher’s right to freedom of speech when they ordered him to remove patriotic banners from his classroom that included the name of God.
I’ve talked about Pulpit Freedom Sunday many times before. It’s been going on since 2007, as churches and pastors have begun to challenge the unconstitutional tax code provision Senator Lyndon Johnson slipped into the law in 1954 to silence his political enemies. Pulpit Freedom Sunday is October 2 this year. If you’re a pastor, will you consider stepping forward for freedom, for your society, for your country…for your Lord?
A couple of stories from last week serve to further illustrate who some of the real bullies in America are. The first incident was the outrageous behavior of a German class teacher inFort Worth,Texas, who lost his mind when a student dared to tell his buddy that homosexuality is wrong, and the second case was of the lunatic homosexual who launched a vicious verbal attack against Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, in a West Hollywood night club.
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Who should be deciding what is said from America’s church pulpits? The government, or the leaders of those churches? The answer is obvious, and the U.S. Constitution agrees. So why are many of America’s pastors and churches afraid of speaking Biblical truth regarding the morality of issues and candidates in today’s society? Are we afraid of losing our tax exempt status? Would Christ’s apostles have been afraid of losing their tax exempt status? Isn’t it time even the threat of that was done away with?
The Watchmen on the Wall 2011 Northern Plains Pastor’s Briefing was held today in Rapid City, South Dakota. Watchmen on the Wall holds a national briefing every year in May, but very few across the country; Rapid City was fortunate to be chosen to host this year’s event for the Northern Plains area.
As if we needed any more reasons to oppose the proposed Ground Zero victory mosque—and mosque building in America, in general—well we have one anyway. I was contacted by a member of the Traditional Values Coalition after my “Hijacking the Memory of 9-11” radio blog aired and was published last Thursday. She sent me a column by Andrea Lafferty who reported on a speech given by Feisal Rauf, who is heading up the proposed Ground Zero victory mosque. Rauf has again given us more proof that he is not here inAmerica to play well with others.
When the World Trade Center cross was being moved to its new home at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, American Atheists sued on church-state grounds to stop it. But New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has managed to top even that display of secularism by banning clergy from speaking at any public events, opening ceremonies or invocations relating to the observance of the anniversary of the 911 terrorist attacks.
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