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!