American Minute with Bill Federer
AUGUST 11, 1984, by an 88-11 Senate vote and a 337-77 House vote, Congress passed the Equal Access Act, stating:
“It shall be unlawful for any public secondary school which receives Federal financial assistance and which has a limited open forum,
to deny equal access or a fair opportunity to, or discriminate against, any students who wish to conduct a meeting within that limited open forum on the basis of the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech at such meeting.”
Regarding this, President Reagan commented August 23, 1984 at Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas:
“We even had to pass a special law in the Congress just a few weeks ago to allow student prayer groups the same access to school rooms after classes that a Young Marxist Society…would already enjoy.”
The Supreme Court upheld the Equal Access Act by a vote of 8-1 in Westside Community Schools v. Mergens, June 4, 1990:
“If a State refused to let religious groups use facilities open to others, then it would demonstrate not neutrality but hostility toward religion.
The Establishment Clause does not license government to treat religion and those who teach or practice it…as subversive of American ideals.”
Ronald Reagan stated in a radio address, February 25, 1984:
“Former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart noted if religious exercises are held to be impermissible activity in schools, religion is placed at an artificial and state-created disadvantage.
Permission for such exercises for those who want them is necessary if the schools are truly to be neutral in the matter of religion.
And a refusal to permit them is seen not as the realization of state neutrality, but rather as the establishment of a religion of secularism.”
U.S. District Court, Crockett v. Sorenson, W.D. Va,. 1983:
“The First Amendment was never intended to insulate our public institutions from any mention of God, the Bible or religion.
When such insulation occurs, another religion, such as secular humanism, is effectively established.”
This reaffirmed what George Washington wrote to the United Baptist Churches of Virginia, May 10, 1789:
“If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed by the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical Society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it.”
Ronald Reagan, on the National Day of Prayer, May 6, 1982, commented:
“Well-meaning Americans in the name of freedom have taken freedom away.
For the sake of religious tolerance, they’ve forbidden religious practice.”
On January 10, 1963, Democrat Congressman Albert S. Herlong, Jr., of Florida, read into the Congressional Record a list of Communist goals for America, (Vol 109, 88th Congress, 1st Session, Appendix, pp. A34-A35), which included:
“Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of ‘separation of church and state’…
Discredit American culture…Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and divorce…”
Rep. Herlong continued listing Communist goals:
“Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as ‘normal, natural, healthy’…
Infiltrate churches and replace revealed religion with ‘social’ religion…
Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a ‘religious crutch’…
Control schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda.
Soften curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put party line in textbooks… Control student newspapers…”
Ronald Reagan told the Annual Convention of the National Religious Broadcasters, January 30, 1884:
“I was pleased last year to proclaim 1983 the Year of the Bible. But, you know, a group called the ACLU severely criticized me for doing that.
Well, I wear their indictment like a badge of honor.”
The Moral Liberal contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s bookshere.
Homosexual Marriage not Conducive to Religious Freedom
By Erick Erickson
Published March 26, 2013
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/03/26/gay-marriage-religious-freedom-are-incompatible/?intcmp=obnetwork#ixzz2UALiTAuC
Excerpts from the above article:
Christian photographers Elane Photography in New Mexico were approached by a same sex couple looking to hire a wedding photographer. Elane Photography politely declined citing their Christian faith and were sued by the couple under the state’s anti-discriminatory laws, and won. In New Mexico you apparently have no right to your free expression and practice of faith any longer.
– In Lexington, Ky., a T-shirt shop called Hands On Originals was approached by the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization about printing shirts for the group. The T-shirt company politely declined and even sought out quotes and gave the group referrals to other T-shirt printers, along with comparable prices. They were promptly sued by the group under Lexington’s anti-discriminatory laws and forced to comply with a lengthy investigation. The city’s power-drunk human rights commission said the shop will be “required by law to participate in the investigation.”
“We have subpoena power and have the backing of the law,” Raymond Sexton, the executive director of the Human Rights Commission told Fox News.“We are a law enforcement agency and people have to comply.”
Leftist groups are trying to get the company evicted from their premises. The city now has school districts freezing their business with the privately owned company. Meanwhile, the owner of the company tried to defend his faith and decision in an op-ed in the paper.
– A Methodist church in New Jersey was sued for not offering its facility for use during same-sex weddings. A judge ruled against the church.
– A same-sex couple from California sued a Hawaiian bed and breakfast privately owned by a Christian woman for not allowing them to rent a room.
– A bed and breakfast in Alton privately owned by a Christian couple was sued when they would not host a same-sex civil union ceremony.
– Owners of a small, privately owned inn in Vermont declined to host a same sex wedding reception due to their religious views and were sued.
– An employee of Allstate insurance wrote an essay online disagreeing with same-sex marriage and was reportedly fired from his job as a result.
– Catholic Charities was barred from assisting in adoptions in Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., and Illinois and excluded from future contracts because it declined to consider same sex couples. Sorry kids, but the agenda impresarios need to make an example.
There are even more examples. The fight has only just begun. Might as well stop trying to convince yourself it hasn’t.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/03/26/gay-marriage-religious-freedom-are-incompatible/?intcmp=obnetwork#ixzz2Pb23ePeR
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The IRS must be destroyed now! <:} Bob Minarik
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