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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Freedom of Religion

Quoting Patrick Henry (Ratifier of the U.S. Constitution)

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.” (The Trumpet Voice of Freedom: Patrick Henry of Virginia, p. iii)

Religious Freedom

Quoting George Washington:

[E]stablish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution. For you, doubtless, remember that I have often expressed my sentiment, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshiping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience. (“Address to the General Committee, Representing the United Baptist Church in Virginia,” May, 1789)

“Seven In Heaven Way”

Seven firefighters who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 recently had a street named in their honor near their fire station in a Brooklyn neighborhood. The street was named “Seven in Heaven Way”.

Now, a group called “New York City Atheists” is insisting that the street sign is offensive to their beliefs and violates the First Amendment to the Constitution. The group’s president says the public domain is no place for signs or displays that incorporate religious belief. He feels the word “Heaven” on the street sign  is insulting because atheists don’t believe in heaven or hell.

Well, it’s too bad his feelings are hurt, but his thinking concerning the Constitution and the First Amendment is totally imaginary! Secular progressives would have us believe that the First Amendment implies freedom from religion; not freedom of religion. The First Amendment promotes religious freedom in all areas of public life.

The bus signs that deny God and promote atheism during the Christmas Holidays (which are funded by atheist groups) are very offensive to me. Yet, the First Amendment protects the beliefs of an atheist – just as it protects my Christian beliefs. Perhaps the NYC Atheists are just put out by no one naming a street “The Atheist Way”.

In 1820 James Madison wrote in a letter to Jacob de la Motta:

“Among the features peculiar to the political system of the United States, is the perfect equality of rights which it secures to every religious sect.” (Our Sacred Honor, Bennett, p. 333)

Freedom Of Worship

Patrick Henry

Quoting Patrick Henry:

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

Islam And The Constitution

Many people, such as Dutch MP Geert Wilders, have come to believe that Islam represents a totalitarian political system more than a religious movement. Islam is, in other words, a political philosophy with religious attributes more than it is a religion with political attributes. This distinction is very important because it changes the status of Islam in relation to the free exercise of religion clause found in the First Amendment.

A look at the history of our country also clearly demonstrates that the First Amendment has never been interpreted by the courts to mean that people can do whatever they want in the name of their religious beliefs. One example of this can be illustrated by the outlawing of Mormon polygamy in the 19th century. Therefore, in the United States, laws may be enforced to prevent Islamic practices and customs such as underage marriages, honor killings, whippings, and the implementation of Sharia Law.

All religions are not the same – as is often advocated by politically correct supporters of multiculturalism. There is a vast moral difference between the religion that seeks to dominate the world by the force of violence and the religion that wins its disciples by non-violent, voluntary association. Islam fails the litmus test that would qualify it for protection under the First Amendment because Islam would impose a political system that would eliminate free speech and freedom of religion. Islam seeks to establish itself as the “religion of the state”.

The premise advocated by many US politicians that Islam is a “religion of peace” and brotherhood is patently false. The sooner we rid ourselves of this delusion – the better. We must stop the Islamization of the US before it is too late.

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