Friday, September 16, 2005

Recent Events and Our Need to Stand up for our Faith

I wanted to write about the recent (9/14/05) declaration by the U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton saying he would sign a restraining order banning the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in some California school districts.

It is very well known that this is an overwhelmingly theistic nation (>90% as a conservative estimate). As such the majority needs to stand up and defend its right to practice WHAT THEY BELIEVE, while accepting that we have NO right to impose on others our beliefs.

The Judge ruled “Under God” unconstitutional – the question is how much more unconstitutional is it to prevent those who want to say it from saying it? Is this law not unconstitutional in itself by “prohibiting the free exercise thereof” as the First Amendment states about religion? Is it not more constitutional to say that if one is an atheist he/she has every right not to recite it while everyone else is doing what they wish to do?

The irony and bigotry of some of those who interpret the law reflects their limitations as humans with simple minds and lacking in humility. Furthermore this becomes evident in the double standards that are applied.

Considering another case (9/15/05), the state Legislature in Massachusetts voted Thursday to override the governor's veto of a measure that will expand access to emergency contraception by requiring hospital emergency room doctors to offer the medication to rape victims. A provision that exempted Catholic hospitals was dropped from the legislation. Is this not contrary to the First Amendment? Is it not “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion? Why can’t I as a Catholic refuse to participate in what I believe is morally wrong? Is it not more constitutionally correct to allow Catholic hospitals/pharmacists to be exempt from this while the patient has every right to go and fulfill their wishes elsewhere? While the law is there to protect everyone from having beliefs imposed on them, the law is there ALSO to protect our right as Christians/Theists/Catholics etc. to practice our faith and yet incompetent interpreters of the law and the Constitution are depriving us of our rights.

Thus in one case we have the Constitution being used to prevent the "imposition" of religion on non religious while in the other we have the "imposition" of immoral concepts on an institution.... Does this not highlight a bias in the interpretation of the Constitution? Does it not clearly highlight how foolish certain interpreters of the law are despite all their pretention of being wise? How true rings 1 Corinthians 1:25-26 - "For the Foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength"!!!

With these examples at hand, is it not time that we got of our comfy chairs and said “STOP: THIS IS MY RIGHT”?

Here is what you CAN do - An organization, called Grassfire.org is urging Americans to take immediate action by signing our petition urging our lawmakers to move to protect the Pledge once and for all through the Pledge Protection Act of 2005 (S. 1046). It is a good group!


The petition reads as follows:


"As a concerned citizen, I am signing this petition to express my support for the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance and my outrage at efforts to ban the Pledge from public schools. The Pledge is a vital reminder of our nation's heritage and a strong support for the values that make our nation great. I oppose any efforts through the courts or the legislature to ban the Pledge.
In addition, I support efforts to protect the Pledge of Allegiance, including the Pledge Protection Act which would prevent federal courts from declaring the Pledge unconstitutional."


Please click below and join me in signing this crucial petition and have your petition delivered to the Supreme Court and Congress:

http://www.grassfire.org/14/petition.asp?PID=9666164&NID=1

Thanks so Much and God Bless (+)

Stephen

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