What is it Going to Take to Set Our Country Back on the Right Course?

How is it that one small group of well funded and misguided people are allowed to dictate the actions of an entire community?  That is exactly what is taking place right now in Dugger, Indiana. Could you be next?

Duggar is small town America and overwhelmingly wants to have a cross displayed on public land near its entrance. Civic leaders, local churches and citizens worked together to erect the cross.  Then the Americans United for Separation of Church and State wrote a letter and threatened to sue them for what they claimed was a violation of the Constitution.

Why does a group like this have potential influence over a town in which they have absolutely no ties? They do not represent the government or the courts, but rather, are simply a self-appointed watchdog group who appear to be constantly pursuing their own version of the “Separation of Church and State.”  Their definition of “separation” falsely asserts that the “wall of separation” Thomas Jefferson referred to in his Danbury letter, was meant to protect the government from interference by religion, rather than the correct understanding that the “wall” was in fact, designed to protect the church from interference by the government. What happened to the fundamental right of self-determination among duly elected leaders and ordinary citizens in a community?

This lie has been repeated so many times now that, they have deceived an uninformed public.  So committed are they to ejecting God from every aspect of our public life, they have resorted to threatening and costly lawsuits, knowing that most city councils and school boards do not have the resources for a protracted legal fight. In 2010, it was reported they spent a million dollars filing these undermining lawsuits.

According to Americans United for Separation of Church and State Executive Director, Barry Lynn, a number of letters are sent to communities just like Duggar.  Frankly, tactics like this are tantamount to constitutional bullying.  Our Constitution does not grant freedom from religion, but guarantees freedom of religion.

This fundamental misinterpretation and its aftermath is just one example of a deceptive practice that is being perpetrated all across America. From the prohibited references of God within the Air Force, to rewriting the Ten Commandments, removing memorial crosses, nativity scenes, and Jesus statues throughout the very core of this nation, there is a clear and determined effort to erase all evidence of our Judeo-Christian heritage from America’s memory. The reality of this injustice is being lost in a broader world screaming for center stage. We want you to know that we are actively paying attention and are doing all we can to stand up and be a clarion voice on your behalf for true religious freedom!

Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus were in Montana just this week defending a statue of Jesus that has been the center of controversy in recent months. The Veterans Jesus Memorial is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation to force the removal of the statue, which has been there for nearly 60 years.  After the Forest Service initially rejected renewal of a special use permit for the 25’ by 25’ parcel of U.S. Forest Service land, Congressman Denny Rehberg spearheaded a community effort that included 95,000 public comments from around the country to convince the Forest Service to reverse its ruling and allow the permit. Read more here.

Our Constitution, without God or the foundational Judeo-Christian principles integrated throughout its fabric, is just a piece of parchment with signatures. It is these very Principles that support and promulgate an authentic freedom; creating an environment where life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness truly flourish. Our Founders understood this critical and vibrant concept and their public record clearly demonstrates an impassioned defense of this notion. The Constitution promotes Judeo-Christian values and the First Amendment guarantees every citizen’s right to religious liberty; so what has happened? We have long been viewed as a Christian nation if ever there was a time to stand up and be counted, it’s now!

The citizens of Indiana, as well as communities across this nation, are pushing back against a growing Constitutional crisis – and they need our prayers, encouragement and support. Let us stand together!

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5 Responses to What is it Going to Take to Set Our Country Back on the Right Course?

  1. I am proud to represent Danbury in the Connecticut State Senate. The Danbury Baptists wrote to Thomas Jefferson expressing their concern about government intrusion in the church.

    Jefferson’s response was wrongfully characterized in a U.S. Supreme Court decision and only as a footnote from an individual justice. That footnote has grown into a complete misunderstanding of Jefferson’s own words- clear evidence the misguided justice didn’t read the entire letter.

    Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists hangs in my Capitol office. I like telling the story about my ancestor, Deacon David Pearce, who was a Danbury Baptist minister (I am Catholic) during the Revolutionary War.

    The Danbury Baptists were grateful for Thomas Jefferson’s response to their concerns. They must be looking down on us now wondering how the Supreme Court and others have managed to twist Jefferson’s clear message.

    I often wonder how the U.S. Constitution has been misinterpreted so many times when a non-lawyer like me is not confused by the clear language and wisdom of the document.

    When I read Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists his message is clear- government must stay out of the church. Period.

  2. jeff daly says:

    thank you Lea ! Yes it’s a spiritual battle which requires a spiritual solution—– a strategy which our Founders knew well. And THANK GOD we have now a nationwide movement of praying Legislators and citizens taking action to protect our Judeo-Christian heritage. When we act in His Name, it will be His battle and His restoration to this nation.

  3. Trey says:

    It seems when they say, “religious freedom” they mean “freedom for use tax dollars to litter this country with as many Christian symbols as possible regardless of other peoples beliefs”. Even if its not tax dollars, they want to erect Christian symbols in government dwellings. They want the freedom to turn this government into a theology. Not all Christians are this inconsiderate, many are fair and respectful people. This is not a theocracy, its a secular nation.

  4. Shawn Brady says:

    Where in the Constitution does it promote Judeo-Christian values? We are a nation comprised mostly of Christians. But does that make us a Christian nation? The lack of Christinanity in any founding document is pointed. When you pair with that the fact that the Treaty of Tripoli, ratified by Congress, explicitly states that we are not a Christian nation, I think you should find your argument based on the Constitution to be weak. Also, only 3 of the 10 commandments are found represented in our laws, the ones about killing, stealing, and perjury (bearing false witness). The other 603 mitzvot are not found at all. The founding of our nation had more to do with Locke and the European Enlightenment than Judeo-Christian ideals.

  5. christopher earle says:

    You claim that the Constitution promotes Judeo-Christian values, but I have to ask, which ones specifically? Let’s look at the character of Jesus himself.

    In Matthew 25:40, And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Jesus upheld this in his daily life, feeding the hungry and healing the sick for free, just because they needed it. Tell me, where exactly is that enshrined in the Constitution?

    In Mark 10:21, Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ Jesus instructed his disciples to give up all of their worldly possessions and give to the poor. And Jesus himself lived this in his daily life – not a possession to his name except the clothing on his back, and he continually gave to those in need. Tell me, where exactly is that enshrined in the Constitution?

    The Bible continually tells us that God is no respecter of persons, that all are equal in the eyes of the Lord. Yet where exactly do you see that enshrined in the Constitution? It took nearly a century for we as a people to realize that the people our ancestors kidnapped from Africa are also people, just like us, and enshrine that notion in law, freeing them from legal slavery and granting them rights to vote and own property. It took yet another century for we as a people to realize that women are people, just like men, that they too should be able to vote. Where were these ideas when the Founding Fathers wrote this historic document?

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