Less than two weeks ago, U.S. District Court Judge, William Quarles, Jr., issued a preliminary injunction against sectarian (religious) prayers during government meetings in Carroll County, MD. This legal action directly affects County Commissioner, Robin Bartlett Frazier, who maintains that she should be able to exercise her freedom to “pray” in the name of Jesus.
Watch this short video of Commissioner Frazier—who risks arrest and imprisonment—expressing how the ruling is a direct infringement of her First Amendment rights as a citizen of the United States. The Commissioner confidently referred to our rich spiritual heritage and then opened strongly with a prayer by George Washington. Yet, once again, this outcome grossly misinterprets the classic argument regarding the Separation of Church and State.
Sadly, this is also not an isolated case of anti-faith entities seeking to destroy the very things we hold sacred and for which our Founding Fathers passionately fought for as this nation emerged from the tyranny of England.
The Indiana House of Representatives has been barred from following its long tradition of opening with a prayer until those giving the invocation stop referring to Jesus Christ.
In North Carolina, a federal judge issued an injunction that stops Rowan County commissioners from offering prayers at meetings if they are specific to one religion.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sued Governor Bill Ritter in 2008 for, “showing governmental preference for religion” by issuing the Day of Prayer designation. The Colorado Supreme Court is due to make a ruling any day.
In another example of the growing fight to block or remove religious freedoms, the Supreme Court is expected to rule this spring on the Town of Greece vs. Galloway case that will determine the constitutionality of prayer in a government setting. This decision will have far-reaching effects in our country.
These are just a few of the monumental cases springing up around the nation where opposing forces wrongly argue that the exercise of free speech is tantamount to an almost coercive establishment of religion. Nothing could be further from the truth. Pray for leaders like Commissioner Frazier. Take a minute to send an email and thank her for her boldness.
It is critically important that we stand strong and stand together in these times. Silence and inaction cannot be the options we choose. We must not relinquish our right to live and pray according to our conscience, especially when it is challenged by a false narrative. It is our heritage; it is our right!