The recent Chick-fil-A controversy is merely the latest in a long line of alarming attacks against ordinary citizens who are simply expressing moral convictions derived from a sincere Christian faith. Once again, the outrage of a few seeks to overwhelm and silence the personal beliefs and values of thousands who are being targeted simply because they have a different worldview. The misrepresentation of Chick-fil-a President, Dan Cathy’s statements, only highlights the depth to which we have fallen as a nation that was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles.
Do you feel any outrage? If you care about your civil liberties and First Amendment rights–especially freedom of speech and religious expression–you should see this as a wake-up call! Much is at stake and the time for active engagement is now.
Consider the following:
In Steubenville, Ohio, the official logo includes symbols that represent significant aspects of the city’s economy and culture. The logo incorporates a cross-topped chapel to represent Franciscan University, one of the area’s largest employers. Rather than celebrate the contribution from its religious heritage, the Freedom from Religion Foundation has bullied the city into removing the cross from their logo.
In Wyoming, Michigan, the same pressure was applied, and demands were made to remove a similar symbol from the city’s logo. Thankfully, thus far, city officials have indicated a willingness to fight back and have no plans to remove the symbol.
These examples are just the tip of the iceberg; through letter writing and threats, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, along with other likeminded anti-faith organizations such as the ACLU, Secular Coalition, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, are adamant in their goal to evict God from the public square in America.
Why does this happen? How are they able to exert so much influence? The answer is sobering…too many people remain silent! The fact that this is taking place on our watch is painful. Beloved author and Christian apologist, C.S Lewis, once said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscious, but shouts in our pains: It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Let me see if I can rouse some action:
Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, California, is in a battle to keep the Cross that has stood for more than a half century as a symbol of the selfless sacrifice and service of our nation’s veterans. It is just one of many memorials across the country under assault by the ACLU, atheist groups and their supporters.
In Forsythe County, North Carolina, commissioners are being denied the right to pray according to their conscience during invocations at public meetings. Hundreds of city councils, boards of supervisors, and schools boards across the country also face the same legal challenges
Atheist groups within the military have been successful in removing God from the Air Force logo, training materials, and have deliberately attempted to silence military chaplains.
Crosses, prayers, religious symbols. Read more at FaithReport.com and visit the Website on a daily basis if you want to stay informed or need motivation to act.
In case you have not yet been moved, let me add one more example.
This week, employers across America are now vulnerable to crushing government penalties for exercising their religious freedom. They can either comply with a mandate that violates their moral conscience or pay taxes amounting to $100 per employee per day. For family-owned Hercules Industries, that amounts to $800,000 per month–almost $10 million per year. A temporary injunction has been awarded by a Federal District Court in Colorado thanks to the diligent actions of those who are outraged by this blatant disregard of religious liberties.
If these heavy-handed, bullying tactics –which hearken back to the days when the more powerful could persecute the weaker and kings could levy taxes regardless of individual freedoms –do not produce outrage, then I am concerned for the wellbeing of America. Let’s be honest, the core issue in the Chick-fil-A case, is not really about gender identity rights, but an attempt to disenfranchise faith-based people and trample on the freedom so many have fought and died for in this country. Comments by mayors in Boston, Chicago and San Francisco are chilling reminders we are not that far removed from the hatred, discriminatory business practices, and religious persecution of the Jews that existed during the rise of fascist Germany at the onset of World War II.
It is this kind of outrage over violations of individual and religious liberties that has historically fueled the actions of countless Americans , driving them to forfeit life, liberty and sacred honor, to ensure that we would live in a free society.
We have an obligation to defend these same liberties. Not just because they did, but because the freedom of conscience is a right of all mankind, given by our Creator, and we are one of the few nations on earth that holds these truths as both self-evident and sacred. If we forfeit them now and remain silent, our children and grandchildren may never know the freedoms you and I currently enjoy.
This is now our cause – it is only won through committed prayer and action. Here are a few simple things we can all do.
- Get on our knees and pray for America, for repentance and revival.
- Get up off our knees and display our national motto, “In God We Trust” as a declaration of Whom we trust as a nation.
- Stay informed and spread the word.