The First Amendment and What It Means for Free Speech Online
by Sam Cook
February 10th, 2017
Persecution of Christians on the Rise - in the United States...
"The joint report by Texas-based Liberty Institute and Washington-based Family Research Council says groups like the American Civil Liberties Union aren’t the only culprits. The report says government agencies around the U.S. are trying to push Christian expression out the door...
...“There are children being prohibited from writing Merry Christmas to the soldiers, senior citizens being banned from praying over their meals in the Senior Center, the VA banning the mention of God in military funerals, numerous attempts to have veterans memorials torn down if they have any religious symbols such as a cross, and I could go on and on,” Shackleford said...
"A pastor and family members of deceased veterans eventually filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the Houston National VA Cemetery is discriminating against their religious freedoms. The suit alleges that cemetery administrator Arleen Ocasio required pastor Scott Rainey to edit a Memorial Day prayer so that the prayer was “general, and its fundamental purpose [was]
nondenominational in nature.”
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"Among the violations listed in the joint report:
•A federal judge threatened “incarceration” to a high school valedictorian unless she removed references to Jesus from her graduation speech.
•City officials prohibited senior citizens from praying over their meals, listening to religious messages or singing gospel songs at a senior activities center.
•A public school official physically lifted an elementary school student from his seat and reprimanded him in front of his classmates for praying over his lunch.
•Following U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ policies, a federal government official sought to censor a pastor’s prayer eliminating references to Jesus, during a Memorial Day ceremony honoring veterans at a national cemetery.
•Public school officials prohibited students from handing out gifts because they contained religious messages.
•A public school official prevented a student from handing out flyers inviting her classmates to an event at her church.
•A public university’s law school banned a Christian organization because it required its officers to adhere to a statement of faith that the university disagreed with.
•The U.S. Department of Justice argued before the Supreme Court that the federal government can tell churches and synagogues which pastors and rabbis it can hire and fire.
•The State of Texas sought to approve and regulate what religious seminaries can teach.
•Through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the federal government is forcing
religious organizations to provide insurance for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs in direct violation of their religious
•The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs banned the mention of God from veterans’ funerals, overriding the wishes of the deceased’s families.
•A federal judge held that prayers before a state House of Representatives could be to Allah but not to Jesus.""
The news is abominable, but not surprising, for this kind of persecution is written in the word. Still, there are those who are fighting back. See article and report for further information. In addition, Representative John Culberson (R-Texas) "is calling for a congressional investigation of the Houston National Cemetery after he went undercover and determined that cemetery officials are still preventing Christian prayers at the funerals of military veterans."
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Also read about the Establishment Clause, the first of several pronouncements in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. You will find current developments at the bottom of the Wiki article. It seems as if our present administration is taking this clause to the limit of its application. Write your congressmen and women and representatives if you can! We need to raise our Christian voice! Collectively, we are more powerful as a group, than as individuals. We cannot afford to draw any further away from God as a nation. The Harbinger is coming! Please take action now. Pray for the United States of America! Tomorrow may be too late.