Recently a professor at the University of Minnesota encouraged students to trash all copies of an independent student publication because of its views. Calling it a “disgrace.”
The following day—all the papers disappeared from their bins. I should mention the paper is a satire-driven conservative paper.
Since then, another edition of the paper was defaced.
Alliance Defending Freedom has asked the university to investigate, publicly condemn the thefts, and take steps to protect the paper from further violations of the first Amendment.
The professor is certainly within his rights to oppose the view in the student newspaper. But when he engages in acts of theft and destruction to silence those with a different point of view—he’s violating the First Amendment.
And that hope for a nation includes our own!
So what’s holding us back from that?
Secularists certainly don’t believe this. And frankly, sometimes I wonder if most Christians really get it.
If we’re anti-biblical in our national life, it is self-destructive.
We certainly know that we can’t operate as an individual against God’s ways and succeed. We certainly can’t operate as a family against God’s ways and succeed.
What makes us think we can be anti-biblical as a nation, in some of our fundamental policies, and somehow be preserved?
It’s preservational of all that’s good not only for our own sake, but for our national good as well.
Whether or not America succeeds or fails will depend on the extent to which we embrace biblical, Christian values.
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!