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posted March 18, 2012 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jwhop     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Top 10 examples of the war on religionby Human Events

Don’t let the secularists tell you otherwise: There has been a war against religion being waged for decades by activist judges, artists, academia, liberal groups and the mainstream media. Judges have misinterpreted the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and have tried to force religion from the public square, while a culture that is becoming increasingly decadent does all it can to denigrate, mock and sneer at people of faith. Find that hard to believe? Here is the evidence:

1. Public prayer ban

Ever since the Supreme Court’s ruling in the 1962 Engel v. Vitale case, prayer has been disallowed in public schools. That precedent has spread to include banning prayers at graduation ceremonies and before high school football games. This out-of-control assault on public prayer reached the height of absurdity last year when a federal judge in San Antonio ruled that graduating high school seniors couldn’t even say “amen, the word prayer,” or ask the audience to bow their heads. And we thought the First Amendment had a free-speech clause.

2. Hollywood’s jihad

From Martin Scorsese’s 1988 The Last Temptation of Christ—with its depiction of Jesus having sex with Mary Magdalene in a dream—to the 2009 The DaVinci Code—showing a conniving Catholic hierarchy—Hollywood is rarely kind to religious sensibilities. Indeed, characters of faith in movies are invariably portrayed as wild-eyed-fanatics, immoral preachers or judgmental creeps.

3. Violating religious conscience

President Obama’s attempt to force religious institutions to provide contraceptive services with their employees’ health care benefits justifiably caused a considerable uproar. It wasn’t the first time that people of faith have been forced to abandon their conscience or face dire consequences. Pro-lifers have had to fight to enact “conscience clauses,” which permit pharmacists and physicians to opt out of giving services that violate their religious faith, such as providing contraception and performing abortions.

4. Crèches censored

The Supreme Court ruled in the 1984 Lynch v. Donnelly case that crèches could be placed in public places only if accompanied by secular holiday symbols. That bizarre ruling was further muddied by the court’s 1989 stance in Allegheny County v. Greater Pittsburgh ACLU, which stated that including a crèche on public property violated the Constitution, while displaying a menorah on the same spot was fine. Still unsettled is exactly how many reindeers, snowmen and Santa Clauses are needed to make a crèche scene legal.

5. Media mocking

The Washington Post once called evangelicals, “poor, uneducated, and easy to lead.” That pretty much sums up the media elite’s view of religious conservatives. Most any daily newspaper reader can confirm: conservative Christians remain one of the few groups who can be treated with disdain. The sophisticates in New York and Washington newsrooms are much too enlightened to be duped by the opiate of the masses.

6. Pledge of Allegiance challenge

Atheist Michael Newdow went to court in 2002, challenging whether the recitation in public school of the words “under God” contained in the Pledge of Allegiance was a constitutional infringement of his daughter’s rights. While unsuccessful, the attempt tied up the courts for some eight years and spawned similar challenges in other states. Newdow also lost a lawsuit aimed at stopping an invocation prayer at George W. Bush’s 2005 inauguration.

7. Academia’s assault

It will come as no surprise to any recent college student that academia is not particularly friendly to those with religious convictions, with discrimination common in hiring, promoting and admitting people of faith. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that 40 percent of sociologists would be “less likely to hire” an evangelical. An astronomy professor sued University of Kentucky for losing a top job because of his Christian belief. The University of California system discriminated in its enrollment policies against Christian school attendees. And the list goes on.

8. Mojave cross battle

A simple cross in the Mojave Desert, erected in 1934 to honor members of the military killed in World War I, became the target of a decade-long battle by the American Civil Liberties Union. During the ensuing court battles, the cross was boarded up so as not to offend the nearby coyotes. Only after Congress transferred a small area of land containing the cross to a veterans group did the Supreme Court rule in 2010 that the cross was not a constitutional violation. However, within weeks of the ruling, the eight-foot tall cross was stolen by vandals.

9. Artistic antagonism

Artists and musicians think they are being edgy when they mock religious faith. In 1987, Andres Serrano used funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to produce “**** Christ”—a plastic crucifix submerged in the artist’s urine. Madonna’s 1989 music video, “Like a Prayer,” featured religious symbols, a burning cross, and a dream about having sex with a saint, prompting a condemnation by the Vatican. In 2008, producers of “South Park” brought religious blasphemy to the cartoon world with “The Most Offensive Christmas Song Ever.”

10. Motto challenged

Atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair dedicated her life trying to force religion out of public life and succeeded in winning a landmark case that resulted in banning the reading of religious texts in the classroom. One case she failed at was her attempt to ban the words, “In God We Trust,” on the nation’s money and coinage. That phrase was first placed on coins during the Lincoln administration and became the official motto under President Eisenhower. Both presidents turned to God frequently during times of crisis—which is the best evidence against the atheist’s crusade to separate religion from the public square.

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posted March 18, 2012 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for katatonic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
this is almost all old news and very little to do with obama. another ridiculous attempt at a smear?

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posted March 22, 2012 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for katatonic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i would not say he is going against religious liberty at all. he is seeing religious employers as employers not in terms of their religion. as the leader of the country, that is his point of view. and he did walk it back when the church protested.

in the meantime many on the religious right are doing their best to force THEIR view of the world down our throats, and make it political/legal to do so too.

“We in the United States, above all, must remember that lesson [of the Holocaust], for we were founded as a nation of openness to people of all beliefs. And so we must remain. Our very unity has been strengthened by our pluralism. We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief.” Ronald Reagan, 1984

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posted March 23, 2012 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ami Anne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am so happy to see all my buddies getting stronger. Go Rush, Sean, Fox News and Glen!
You are in good company Jwhop.These people have true character, integrity and CLEAR THINKING. Birds of a feather flock together

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