Religious persecution…religious suppressions…religious victiories…we’ve had a little of everything and the year is young.
|These were the words spoken by former Atlanta Fire Chief Cochran after being fired from his job last week. After 30 years of distinguished public service, the mayor fired him because he self-published a 160-page book written for his church Bible study.This is not the first story we’ve heard about government’s attack on our religious freedoms. In this case, only one half of one page in his book discussed the Biblical view of homosexuality.
This example provides us with just the most recent illustration of why — now more than ever — we must stand up for religious freedom. Others like these:
– In Houston, Texas: The Mayor subpoenaed the sermons, text messages, photographs, electronic files, calendars and e-mails of Pastors who had opposed her “bathroom bill” policy.
– In Richland, Washington: Great-grandmother & florist Barronelle Stutzman is being sued by the State of Washington and the ACLU for declining to provide services for a same-sex wedding. She’s now in danger of losing not only her business assets but also her home.
– In Port Charlotte, Florida: Eight-year-old Samantha Schulz was barred from singing “Kumbaya” at a Boys & Girls Club talent show because it included the words “Oh, Lord.” Really?
– In Wiggins, Mississippi: Western Sizzlin’ Steakhouse was threatened with a “civil rights” suit because of its “Church Member Appreciation Day” which allegedly excluded atheists.
On a good note, a VA school district decided to scrap a policy that allowed it to interrogate Christian homeschool teenagers and their parents about their religious beliefs.
In other words, the homeschool kids have to prove to the school board that they love Jesus. And then there was this rather ominous paragraph:
“The School Board reserves the right to schedule a meeting with the parent(s) and, in the case of a student age 14 or older, with the student. The parent of a student younger than age 14 may choose to have his or her child attend the meeting. The purpose of the meeting is for the School Board to determine whether the request for exemption is based upon a conscientious opposition to attendance at a public school or at a private, denominational, or parochial school due to bona fide religious training or beliefs. Such meeting will be conducted in a closed meeting of the School Board.”
Let’s not Give up on Protecting Religious Freedoms!