Sounds innocent enough—but apparently not in Nazareth!
Nazareth, Pennsylvania is the home of a 1st grader who thought it would be great to put a Bible verse—John 3:16—on his Valentine’s Day cards for his classmates.
The school district stopped the distribution of the cards–because they mention God and a Bible verse—which in the district’s view violated the First Amendment.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the parents disagreed. They said: “To single out a faith-based message for censorship is exactly the type of hostility to religion that the First Amendment forbids.”
What a message for this little guy—that his intention to live out his faith in God—was somehow wrong.
Let’s hope the school comes to its senses and revise its policies to respect the protected free speech of its students!
And that issue not too surprisingly is. . .abortion!
It topped every list.
One pastor said, “Abortion tops my list, not because murder is worse than other moral evils, but because of the massive numbers of this killing field, an intentionality of so many to put self-gratification above life itself.”
People like this pastor, and myself included, are sometimes accused of being “single issue” advocates.
Abortion is not our single issue, but it is certainly a foundational issue!
If you don’t have life you can’t do anything.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness isn’t possible.
Without life, you can’t have liberty. No, life, no pursuing happiness.
It all starts with life!
The number one concern, foundationally, is the preservation of the sanctity of human life!
You can’t make up these stories!
The bus poster ad reads: You are not alone. Free resource for women seeking health care.
There’s a picture of a young woman, a website, a phone number and a logo—that’s it!
But the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana public transportation company refused the ad for the pro-life health care referral service for women. They said its website contains information on “controversial issues”. The ad or the web address never mentions the service is pro-life.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a lawsuit against the city of Fort Wayne for refusing the ad. The refusal to accept this ad just doesn’t pass constitutional muster.
No one deserves to be silenced simply for having a viewpoint city officials don’t favor!
When we talk about how much we value faith and freedom, we’re dealing with a tough, cultural question.
It’s an issue that can have a painful outcome if we don’t give it real thought!
The key is that some people cannot appreciate something until they’ve lost it.
Is that what it will take in this country?
The jury’s still out on that, I’m afraid.
Some say we just don’t have the capacity to appreciate something until we’ve lost it.
I hope that’s not true in this case.
We show our appreciation in what we support and defend.
And democracy is an incredible gift that many have and are dying for around the world.
Now’s the time to pray—and act! Don’t wait until you’ve lost it!
. . .and I’m referring to the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child—one of the UN organizations opposing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, marriage and family.
In calling for the Catholic Church to approve abortion and homosexual behavior, they accused the Church of stigmatizing children of homosexual parents.
This isn’t happening in a vacuum.
The Catholic Church is under attack now—but all of us with biblical beliefs on marriage, life and liberty should pay attention!
What Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, said is on target: “These attacks on the church serve to marginalize the Church simply for standing on biblical truth.”
Only when we respect religious freedom, will children and people of faith be truly free!
Let me clarify.
The issues isn’t when the law goes against what you believe, but when it’s against what God says.
That’s an important distinction to clarify!
Romans 13 says to obey the government. But it also goes on to say the government is to be the minister of God.
In a monarchy you can’t influence the government.
In an oligarchic form of government, that is a small group of people who rule, you can’t influence government either.
But in a democracy such as ours, you and I are the government.
So our task is to make certain the government is doing what it’s supposed to do—be a minister of God.
Some laws are unjust and need to be challenged for that to be true!