By L&T Managing Editor Larry Phillips
Wars everywhere, but the one that probably disturbs most Americans is the war on Christianity.
Of course, the slaughter of Christians around the world, especially the attention ISIS is getting right now beheading Christian children in Iraq, is somewhat covered by the media.
But it’s the war on Christianity right here in this country I would like the media to report on more thoroughly.
For regular readers, you may have noticed several articles in the L&T Aug. 8 concerning various attacks on schools and governments for posting “In God We Trust” on buildings or commemorations.
In Mobile, Ala., atheists want their own “commemorations” in a government plaza after city fathers decided to display the national motto, “In God We Trust.”
No word if the Mobile City Commission will fold.
What is the “National Motto” for atheists anyway?
“In Nothing We Trust?”
North Carolina educators at Watauga County School District refused to allow members of the Watauga American Legion Post 130 to hang posters in schools promoting “In God We Trust” because it might be unconstitutional.
What else do we expect from leftist educators that are ruled by leftist unions?
Fortunately, Christians and city councils are starting to push back and show some backbone and defending their beliefs – and Constitutional rights.
Take the case of Washington state’s Pierce County Council.
According to the AP Article, “After hours of heated debate on Tuesday, (the council) voted to display the national motto ‘In God We Trust’ in its chambers.”
This, of course, infuriated atheists. One was “escorted from the chambers by police deputies after he made disparaging remarks about some religions.”
One councilman, who sponsored the measure, said, “’In God We Trust’ is universal. It doesn’t have ‘In Muhammad We Trust,’ it doesn’t have ‘In Jesus We Trust.’”
To add insult to injury for the atheists, the council also approved displaying a second slogan: “E Pluribus Unum,” a Latin phrase appearing on U.S. currency and the U.S. seal that means “out of many, one.” The addition did not satisfy critics who claimed the former phrase is a religious term that divides.
“It doesn’t take away the insult,” Sam Mulvey, an atheist from Tacoma, said in the article.
Another situation arose in last week at the Chestatee High School in Gainesville, Ga.
It seems “atheists apparently went undercover to photograph coaches engaged in what they considered to be unseemly and unconstitutional behavior with the teenage football players,” according to a piece by Todd Starnes on FoxNews.com on Aug.13.
What was this bad behavior?
“We have received reports that CHS coaches have joined players in prayer while standing in a circle, hands interlocked,” the atheists breathlessly reported in their letter to the Hall County School District.
This is how Starnes saw it: “Hands interlocked? I can only imagine that atheists across the fruited plain shuddered at such damning evidence.”
He mocks, but the atheists were serious – they threatened to sue the school, because they also noted, “The team workout schedule included the words “Fortitude 2014, Gal. 6:9” and the cheerleaders wrote a Bible verse on a large banner: “Iron Sharpens Iron, Proverbs 21:17.”
The atheists belonged to American Humanist Association, and its seven-page threat noted “the coaches are using their positions to promote Christianity.”
But Supt. Will Schofield showed guts when he didn’t cave in.
“Unfortunately when school systems get letters like this and people start rattling sabers, usually the first reaction by a lot of school districts is, ‘Oh my goodness, we don’t want to be in the news. We don’t want to be sued, so we better stop doing whatever we are doing,’” Schofield said. “I don’t think that will be the first reaction of the Hall County School Board.”
Starnes report added this: “The American Humanist Association (AHA) is about to learn a very important lesson – folks around Gainesville, Ga., don’t take kindly to out-of-town atheists trying to bully their children.
“More than 200 people turned out in defiance of the self-described atheist group early Wednesday morning for an impromptu prayer rally in the middle of the Chestatee High School football field,” he added.
Hurray for those people, the school board superintendent and the students.
To take a line from Starnes book, “God Less America,” – Religious liberty is under attack in America. And unless people of faith stand up, liberty will be lost.