War on Religion
If you doubt there is a War on Religion, consider this. Every day in America we hear of high school cheerleaders who can't use religious words like faith, Jesus Christ, hope and love on banners; valedictorians at high schools are told not to include religious messages or risk punishment; proselytizing in the military is grounds for a courts martial; desecrating war memorials with crosses because they are religious symbols; HS football players cannot put memorial crosses on their helmets; and on and on and on. Tell me that this action by the Chinese government is not the same thing that is happening here! "Chinese police reportedly surrounded the town of Donglu on Sunday to prevent its residents, the majority of whom are Catholic, from holding a procession in honor of the Virgin Mary." Religious prejudice and intolerance is growing in Europe often under the guise of tolerance. It is exactly the same thing that is happening here. It makes the War on Religion seem like such an insufficient label for what must really be going on, a totalitarian fear and censorship of religious activity throughout the world, including America. Religion and Public Life in America makes the case that "today's secular culture views orthodox Christian churches as troublesome, retrograde, and reactionary forces. They’re seen as anti-science, anti-gay, and anti-women—which is to say anti-progress as the Left defines progress. Not surprisingly, then, the Left believes society will be best served if Christians are limited in their influence on public life. And there won’t just be arguments; there will be laws as well." Wake up America and demand the return of Religious Freedom in America. The country was built on the principle. The 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America grants freedom of worship, speech & press; the right to petition the government & to assemble peaceably. Specifically with regard to "religion" it states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Many on the left have tried for at least 50 years to re-write history with regard to "separation of church and state" and to downgrade the religious beliefs of the founding fathers. This quote should satisfy both questions: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports ... and let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." George Washington, Farewell Speech, 9/17/1796 (from "Being George Washington"). See the dialogue from both sides below.

Reporter Trolls Christian Schools

By William McGurn,
from The Wall Street Journal,

A writer gets more than he bargains for when he seeks an exposé on Twitter.

Remember the Ronald Reagan aphorism about the nine most terrifying words in the English language? They were: “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” Now we have a new contender. The nine words come from the first sentence of a tweet by Dan Levin last Thursday: “I’m a New York Times reporter writing about #exposechristianschools.” He continued: “Are you in your 20s or younger who went to a Christian school? I’d like to hear about your experience and its impact on your life.” #ExposeChristianSchools is a hashtag created by Chris Stroop, a self-described “exvangelical,” in response to news that Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, is returning to her old job teaching art at a Christian school in Virginia. Mr. Stroop invited his “fellow Christian school grads” to share their stories about “how traumatizing those bastions of bigotry are.”

And irony of ironies, the Twitter fires set off by Mrs. Pence and the Covington Catholic incident continue to rage in the midst of what is now Catholic Schools Week. For Mr. Levin’s part, after his tweet was taken as a signal that he was trolling for grievances to fill out an attack piece, he issued a follow-up. A hit job was the furthest thing from his mind, he insisted. He was interested in all experiences—“including positive stories.” David Harsanyi, a senior editor for The Federalist who says he’s an atheist and supports same-sex marriage, was skeptical. It would, he said, take a “saint-like leap of faith” to believe Mr. Levin’s claim he had been aiming for balance. “Anyone who’s ever worked as a journalist,” Mr. Harsanyi wrote in the New York Post, “can tell you that ‘exposing’ someone does not typically—or perhaps ever—entail the pursuit of positive stories.”

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