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Message of coexistence really telling Chrisitans to ‘sit down and shut up’ E-mail
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Saturday, 17 June 2017 08:50


LETTER TO THE EDITOR, Joan Smith, Liberal



The people who want to destroy the idea of coexistence don’t all speak Arabic. Of course, not all Muslims do, either, but the bureaucrats in our own government have a weird idea of that word.

In September of 2016, the US Commission on Civil Rights issued a new 296-page report called “Peaceful Coexistence.” It agrees that every American has a First Amendment right to religious freedom, but it only applies to “beliefs,” not “conduct.” It says religious liberty and religious freedom are just code words for hatred. It continues by saying freedom is a “hypocrisy” and is only an excuse for “discrimination, racism, sexism, homophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance.” Peaceful coexistence between who and who?

But there is more.

At about the same time the US Justice Department issued this mission statement, “The unit will focus on enforcing those laws that prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, national origin, gender, and religion.”

And the new civil rights unit in Boston said they will start prosecuting individuals for civil rights violations even if it’s just words. I’m pretty sure harassment means whatever the left wants it to mean when it comes to free speech as we see almost daily — “Christians, sit down and shut up.”

These edicts were by the entrenched bureaucrats who have not left the swamp even though their bosses were forced to do so. 

But it gets worse.

Hillary was speaking for more than herself when she said, “Laws have to be backed up with political will and resources, and deep-seated religious beliefs have to be changed.”

The leftist judges who permeate some of our highest courts continue to interpret the Constitution to suit their own twisted ideas.

Here’s the latest from the US Court of Appeals for the 10th District: Mary Anne Souse vs. Timothy Bauer et. al. In her own home a policeman gave her permission to pray but another made her stop. The judge ruled the officer did not violate her rights in making her stop. He continued, “The characterization of the right protected under the First Amendment is too broad rather the right protects one’s ability to choose his or her religion. It is not an absolute, unrestricted right.”

What I get from this is all the First Amendment now means is I am free to choose whether to be Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, etc., and that’s it. We’ve been aware for some time the part of the First Amendment saying “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” has been completely ignored. Now we have it in law. Prayer is not protected. Religious conduct is not protected.

The question is are we Christians as weak and insipid as the Republican legislators proved to be even when they had the power to be otherwise? 

It is too late to restore much of what we have lost, but we have our last window of opportunity to protest.

At every instance our leaders must be informed that we disagree with these misinterpretations or reinterpretations of our freedoms in the Constitution and its amendments.

Duty binds us to hold back the inevitable a while longer, “And having done all, to stand (Ephesians 6:13).”

Silence means consent. “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so (Psalms 107:2).”

 

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