Although we’ve had some tremendous victories for religious freedom recently, we must stay the course.
Below is an important note from Congressman J. Randy Forbes, co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, representing over 100 members of congress who are the front-line defenders of religious freedom. In 2008, the VA hospital enacted a policy mandating that all houses of worship reflect no faith tradition. In response, several members wrote a strong letter to the VA urging the VA not to scrub its chapels of religious symbols.
This is another example of the concerted effort to erase America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and attack religious liberty. This trend toward secularism must be reversed. Pray for the members of congress who signed this letter and are making sure God’s rightful place is secure in America.
Last month, a Veterans Affairs hospital in Michigan was ordered to conceal all Christian symbols inside of its chapel due to a VA policy handbook published in 2008, which states, “When VA Chaplains are not providing or facilitating a religious service for a particular faith group, the chapel must be maintained as religiously neutral, reflecting no particular faith tradition.”
In response, I joined 22 of my colleagues in sending a letter to the VA inquiring about the policy implementation in 2008 and urging the VA not to scrub its chapels of all religious symbols. We are a nation founded on the freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.
Over time, this important concept has been distorted, and its misapplication has led the public to believe that the Constitution’s intent was to confine religion to the four walls of the church. But the Constitution does not require the elimination of religious symbols from the public square – rather, it protects the free exercise of religion for every American.
Yours in service,
PS – The 101 members of the bipartisan Congressional Prayer Caucus, that I founded, are in the thick of the fight for religious liberty every day. Learn more about our most recent efforts, here.