Those who continue to deny that America is in the throes of a culture war and that secularists are taking aim against Christianity and its values are either not reading and watching the news or are in major denial.
Look at this week’s headlines alone. The Supreme Court has decided to review the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling outlawing “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. The high court has also agreed to review a case involving the constitutionality of the Child Online Protection Act, a measure designed to restrict Internet pornography.
A taxpayer-funded charter school in California that will stress values-oriented teaching about animal rights has been approved. A California church group upset with the promotion of a “Traditional Marriage Week” has called for a “Marriage Equality Week” to promote same-sex “marriage.” And, a highly decorated army general, Jerry Boykin, is castigated as a Holy Warrior because he had the audacity openly to declare his faith in the God of the Bible. Terry Schiavo fights for her life as competing forces square off as to whether her “plug should be pulled.”
The pledge case illustrates that certain groups in our society want to treat Christianity and references to the Christian God as a contagious disease, an unborn virus. If not contained within the four walls of our private homes, it will infect the population with an incurable affliction.
Those of you who think the Judge Roy Moore Ten Commandments flap in Alabama was some isolated sideshow are woefully misguided. Those of you who think that courageous Christians like Moore are the ones picking this fight by waiving the Bible in our faces apparently aren’t aware of the city by city, county by county, state by state crusade the ACLU is on to eradicate Ten Commandments displays from all public buildings.
This secularist obsession to achieve a strict separation of church and state is not only not mandated by the Constitution, it is at war with the Constitution’s very designs about religious freedom. In the name of promoting religious liberty, the enemies of Christianity are using the First Amendment Establishment Clause as a weapon to suppress Christian religious freedom.
No student is being forced to say the Pledge, much less the words “under God.” This isn’t a case of the government imposing Christian values on vulnerable children. This is not about separation, but about a small intolerant minority forcing its will on a heretofore passive and non-combative majority.