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“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.” George Washington
Bigotry Against Christians in America:
- Students at the publicly-funded University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are given community service credit for attending Planned Parenthood presentations but not for teaching classes to children in a Christian environment. Students were denied credit because the classes met at a Catholic church and focused on Christian values and beliefs.
Alliance Defending Freedom filed a legal complaint alleging the students’ Constitutional rights were violated because “no public university should ever use a community service program as a vehicle to advance and instill anti-religious bias.” (lifesitenews.com, 11/30/16; liveactionnews.org, 12/3/16)
- Over the past several years, same-sex activists have targeted Christian small businesses for harassment. Christian florists, bakers, photographers, t-shirt printers, etc. have seen these activists come into their businesses, make demands they knew would put these Christians in conflict with their religious beliefs, then turned to various state governments to punish those Christians who refused to violate their faith. (theresurgent.com, 12/1/16; townhall.com, 12/2/16)
Notes to Consider:
“Your faith isn’t private, and it’s more than where you worship on Sundays. It’s who you are, and it influences the way you live every day of the week.”
“But today, efforts are being made to remove religion’s moral influence on society by censoring it from the public square. People of faith are increasingly threatened, punished and silenced for simply living according to their beliefs.” (adflegal.org)
“If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” Thomas Jefferson
Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witnesses to Freedom
Free to Speak:
Our public schools are not “God-Free Zones”
America’s children need not leave their faith at the school house door.
For students to be silenced or disciplined by an authority figure, for appropriate religious expression should never happen. Sadly, young students may well conclude…
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