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Gov’t in massive push to crush religious freedom

October 21, 2013

On Miami’s Metrorail, 82-year-old Emma Anderson was forcibly removed at  Brickwell Station by a security guard.

According to a lawsuit, the guard accused her of “publicly singing spiritual  hymns.”

He insisted that public singing, dancing and playing music without a permit  is against the Miami-Dade Transit rules.

The case is just one of hundreds referenced in a newly updated report by  legal experts with the Texas-based Liberty Institute. The non-profit  legal advocacy group says the evidence shows the U.S. government is steadily  advancing an agenda to replace the “Creator”  in the Declaration of  Independence with itself.

Liberty Institute says the report documents more than 1,200 cases of attacks  by the government on the right to free expression of religion through rules,  regulations, laws and precedents.

The report,“Undeniable: The  Survey of Hostility to Religion in America,” recently was updated for 2013,  following its initial release in 2012.

“The Founders called ‘free exercise’ of religion, guaranteed in the First  Amendment to the Constitution, our ‘First Freedom,’” the report says. “They  regarded the right of everyday people to express open allegiance to the Creator  as a safeguard against government attacks on any rights given by that  Creator.”

But what would happen if “open and widespread expression of religious freedom  – in government, schools, work¬places, the military, public places, and more –  is eliminated, driven into the shadows of society?”

“What if religion becomes an opinion only to be expressed privately in your  home or quietly in your church, if at all? What if religious liberty becomes a  poor, subservient tenant of an arbitrary and imperious government landlord?” the  report asks.

“If that occurs, then government can erase any of your rights as it sees fit,  since government, not the ‘Creator’ cited by the Founders, will be regarded as  the ultimate definer, giver or taker of all rights,” the report says.

The report is a joint effort of the Liberty Institute and the Family  Research Council, which a year ago was the target of a now-convicted  domestic terrorist who declared he wanted to kill as many people as he  could.

Floyd Lee Corkins told investigators that he got the idea of targeting FRC  from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which routinely labels organizations that  support traditional marriage instead as hate organizations.

The report divides the hundreds of pages of documentation about attacks on  religious freedom in America into three categories: attacks in the public arena,  in schools and against churches and other religious groups.

Among the current high-profile battles is the dispute over Obamacare’s demand  that employers pay for abortifacients and workers pay for abortion services,  even if they have a religious objection to killing unborn children.

Read about how the U.S. military is  “investigating” a sergeant because he refused to endorse his commanding  officer’s homosexual beliefs.

The report says there also are prohibitions on veterans’ memorials, displays  of the Ten Commandments and public invocations, such as the pastor who was told  he was not allowed to pray “in Jesus’ name” at a Memorial Day event.

Cheerleaders were barred from putting Bible verses on banners at football  games, a third-grader was told he could not include a religious message along  with goodies he was handing out to classmates, and a student wasn’t allowed to  say “Jesus” when asked what Easter meant.

A church in Holly Springs, Miss., had to fight opposition from city officials  to plans for a new building.

But the report says “there is hope.”

“While [the report] shows that attacks on religious liberty are dramatically  increase in the United States, both in the frequency and in the severity of the  attacks, this survey also shows that those persons and organizations, like  Liberty Institute, that stand up for religious liberty win when they fight,” the  report says.

“When those who value religious liberty actively engage the cultural and  legal battle against secularism, they push back the secularists’ agenda,” it  says.

While the “tidal wave” of anti-religious activism is surging, there “is still  time to turn back this tide.”

“In fact, there is encouraging evidence that we can do so if we choose.  Liberty Institute and the Family Research Council have joined forces to boldly  defend and restore religious liberty in America. This includes opposing and  exposing the escalating efforts by activist organizations and government  bureaucrats to redefine and regulate religious freedom as conceived by America’s  Founders. From the local district courts to the U.S. Supreme Court to the halls  of Congress and state legislatures, we will face each challenge headon to  protect our most precious liberty – our freedom of religion.”

A long list

The 82-year-old Anderson filed a lawsuit to recover for battery, assault and  negligence. She also sought an order protecting the rights of future  passengers.

Additional egregious actions, according to the report, included park rangers  ordering a woman to stop handing out Bibles at a farmer’s market “on federal  property.”

The governor of Kentucky vetoed a bill to protect sincere religious believers  against government overreach and coercion.

The report says: “Opponents vilified religious believers by spreading  offensive and invidious message. A gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender  advocacy group labeled religious protections an ‘endorsement of discrimination,’  placing ‘women, children, people of color and all Kentuckians’ at risk.  Similarly, the governor publicly expressed worry that protecting religious  believers from governmental coercion may ‘threaten public safety, health care  and individuals’ civil rights.’”

In Tempe, Ariz., a Romanian immigrant was arrested for peacefully  distributing Christian tracts to passsersby on the sidewalk.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture ordered a shelter in Evansville, Ill., to  prohibit people from participating in voluntary prayer before meals.

“The prayers were open to all and were not mandatory. The U.S. Department of  Agriculture, however, demanded that UCS stop the prayers or stop accepting  federal assistance to feed the homeless. The UCS now permits only a moment of  silence before meals.”

Among the other cases in the report:

  • A pastor in New York won the right to hold a Bible study in  community  center that had banned “religious” events.
  • A church in Dallas was ejected from an empty high school where it had been  holding Sunday services, even they the church had a valid lease.
  • The city of Plano, Texas, tried to prevent WillowCreek Fellowship Church  from opening because of the angle of the roof of its church building.
  • An Ohio library ordered a Christian group not to meet there to talk about  traditional marriage, unless advocates for homosexuality also were present.
  • An African-American church in Texas was billed for property taxes after its  building burned down. The assessor’s argument was that members no longer could  meet on the property, so it no longer was tax-exempt.
  • The NFL threatened churches showing the Super Bowl on their big screen  televisions.
  • A church in Brookville, Pa., was fined for opening its parsonage to three  homeless men to live there.
  • A minister’s invitation to the National Prayer Luncheon was revoked because  he was critical of open homosexuality in the military.
  • The city of Cheyenne, Wy., denied permission for a non-profit organization  to run a daycare center.
  • An Alabama student was ordered not to wear a cross necklace, and a  valedictorian in Iowa was ordered to give a secular speech.

Credit To: Bob Unruh / WND.COM

http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/govt-in-massive-push-to-crush-religious-freedom/#5seMPRH8ztrzJLEP.99

 

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