Separation of church and state

By Joseph Farah

What goes on here?

These horrors and far worse represent the daily experience of Christians in America merely expressing themselves and their sincere beliefs.

Obviously there’s a fundamental misunderstanding in this country about religious freedom and the First Amendment.

Extremist groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State have convinced too many government officials and others that any spiritual expression outside of a church or synagogue is tantamount to the establishment of a state religion.

While the First Amendment prohibits Congress from establishing a state religion, it also ensures the free exercise of religion.

This secular jihad against religion in general and Christianity specifically in all facets of American life is the real civil-liberties and constitutional threat we face. Christians and Jews are being marginalized in American society – and that’s one short step from persecution.

We have federal judges in this country threatening high-school students with arrest and incarceration for six months if they dare mention the name of Jesus at a commencement address.

We have elementary-school students being ordered to put away their Bibles on school buses or face disciplinary action.

We have kids in school cafeterias being told they can’t say grace before meals without violating “the separation of church and state.”

We have the ACLU threatening Los Angeles County with a lawsuit if it does not remove a tiny cross, among nine other symbolic images, from its official seal.

And we have hate-crime laws now jailing Christians in Europe merely for extolling their faith in the Bible. Is there where America is headed?

Yes, unless the secular jihadists are stopped.

Think about the goals of these extremist organizations: What does it mean literally to separate church and state?

The church is the body of believers. It’s not a building. It’s not an organization. It’s not a corporation. It is a group of people who share a common faith.

In America, the state is the people. We believe in a government of the people, by the people and for the people. We do not believe in kings and rulers in a free republic.

Therefore, the idea of separation of one group of people from the rest is a very divisive, very hateful, very un-American concept.

There is nothing “tolerant” about this agenda. There is nothing “inclusive” about the goal of separating people. There is nothing that promotes “diversity” about bigotry and a goal of some kind of religious apartheid state.

How far will this agenda go?

Look at the case of Ake Green, a Swedish pastor who was jailed for a month recently for delivering a sermon in his church that offended some homosexuals. Soren Andersson, the president of the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Rights, explained the sentence was just because religious freedom could never be used to offend people.

That means, of course, that the concept of religious freedom is dead – at least in Sweden.

We cannot let that happen in America.