We always hear about how religion is not allowed in public places because of the false idea the Founding Fathers wanted a separation of church and state. Technically, they did. But that was to keep the government out of religion and not the other way around.
The anti-church people always go back to a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to a Baptist church saying there should be a separation of church and state. What they don’t tell you is Jefferson meant that the government would leave them alone and not make laws to restrict their right to worship. They also fail to tell you Jefferson wrote many letters to the Native Americans saying it was the United States government’s responsibilty and duty to promote Christianity to them.
There is also the fact military bands were used as worship bands in churches every Sunday and government buildings were used to host Christian church services. Also, the first Supreme Court prayed for four hours and served each other Communion before its first session. I guess those who wrote the Constitution didn’t understand what they were writing at that time and it took the ACLU to dischpher its true meaning.
Don’t worry, I’ll get to the Fordson situation.
Here’s actual wording of the First Amendment. Anti-church people tend to only bring up the part about Congress making no law respecting an establishment of religion. They always leave out the part about prohibiting the free excercise of it.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The meaning behind this was the government would not establish a national religion and would allow individual states to decide if they wanted a state religion.
Anyway, groups like the ACLU have bastardized the meaning of the First Amendment to mean anything or person involved with the government or public entities could in no way express a religious idea.
For example, a student in a public school is not allowed to draw pictures of a cross because it somehow violates the fictitious separation of church and state. What they say to back up that idiotic idea is a cross “offends people” so it cannot be “tolerated” in school; the place where they are supposedly promoting tolerance.
The ACLU says a coach cannot take part in a student-led prayer because it violates the Constitution. Well, if praying violates the establishment clause in the First Amendment, doesn’t stopping the coach from praying violate the part about restricting the free excercise of religion? Just asking.
By the way, did you know the Bible was mandatory reading in public schools when this great nation was founded. All ordered by presidents.
What we have seen in the country was a charge to minimize Christianity, but not all religions. There are many examples of non-Christian religions being allowed in public domains like schools, while Jesus has been banned because he is considered “narrow and dogmatic.”
This is made clear in how Dearborn Fordson coach Gerald Marsazalek was fired for being a Christian and very few in the media seem to care. Apparently, an assistant coach helped convert a Muslim student to Christianity during a private wrestling camp. This led trouble between the Muslim principal, Imad Fadlallah, and the Christian coaches.
I guarantee if Marsazalek were Muslim, there would be national media camped in Dearborn reporting how he is a victim of religious injustice.
But, he is a Christian and the school principal is a Muslim, so we get a cold shoulder from the national press because they fear being labeled intolerant and haters because they dare to report on a situation involving a Muslim and Christian where the Christian looks to be the wronged party.
The media that has reported on the incident have crafted bland stories with no bite to them or incendiary quotes. If a Christian fired a Muslim, I guarantee there would be quote after quote about the “hateful Christians.”
WorldNetDaily has a good story on the coach Marsazalek firing and it includes statements from Richard Thompson of the Thomas More law Center saying it is an example of religious discrimination.
From what I have read about this incident, there is no justifiable reason to fire Marsazalek, one of the elite coaches in his sport. He was fired because of the religious views of the principal. If there were ever a case of “violation of church and state” this is it. Hmmm…where’s the ACLU?
We cannot accept this kind of behavior in this country. People of ALL religions need to be protected from discrimination. I don’t care if a person is Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Mormon, Buddist and Hindu, they have rights in this country and should be subject to the whims of a boss who may not agree with their beliefs.
I’d like to believe this is still the land where anyone can practice any religion. I know that is becoming more difficult as secular progressives try to erode our religious rights, but we can’t allow that continue. The attack has been on Christianity first, but don’t worry, the other religions will follow as we become an atheist nation.
Every person who believes in religious freedom should stand behind Marsazalek. If he is fired for being a Christian, it opens the door for more firings based on a person’s religious beliefs.