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Posted on 10/06/2003 8:51:09 AM PDT by Vindiciae Contra TyrannoSCOTUS
All across America, Christianity is under attack. The battlegrounds in this war are the nations courtrooms, schools, the media and within federal and state governments.
Now, for the first time a courageous American lawyer, author and columnist, David Limbaugh, has gathered a mass of documentation showing how far this war against those who worship Jesus Christ has progressed.
In his new, best-selling book, "Persecution How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity," Limbaugh exposes the outrageous bias and discrimination against Christians.
Wherever the forces aligned against Christianity can find a legal loophole, an agnostic judge, government official, school administrator, professor or teacher, the full weight of the law is employed to drive the faith from the public square.
Limbaugh explains what Christians are facing on dozens of fronts. The examples of the multiple successes of anti-Christian campaign present a frightening picture.
In this first part of a three-part series, NewsMax.com explores the geneses of this campaign, looks back at how Americas government schools developed out of a widespread system of Christian schools, recalls the growth of anti-Christian law, and provides examples of how the war has been fought against the nations schoolchildren.
Driving Christianity out of Americas Schools
Even if you were reading ""Persecution How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity" in a freezer with the temperature way below zero, your blood would still boil.
David Limbaugh pulls no punches in reporting the unrelenting assault on Christianity being waged against it by a collection of latter-day Neros who want nothing less than to throw Christians to the lions of total secularism.
Christians, he tells us, "are often subjected to scorn and ridicule and denied their religious freedoms" and are referred to as "Bible-thumping idiots."
One incident he mentions should turn up the heat under the arteries of any devout Jew or Christian who cherishes the Holy Bible as the word of God. He tells the shocking story of a teacher at a Houston middle school who saw two students carrying Bibles. The girls were taken to the principals office, and the mother of one was summoned. Upon her arrival the teacher "waved the Bibles at her and exclaimed This is garbage and then threw them into the trash can."
Among todays Neros, the author explains, are "activist judges misinterpreting the law," the idiot acolytes of political correctness, Hollywood movie makers, the overwhelmingly paganistic mainstream media, and "educators" at all levels from preschool to universities.
Limbaugh, a skilled lawyer, goes to some length in explaining the constitutional underpinnings of religious freedom and shows how legions of black-robed tyrants have badly distorted the meaning of the First Amendment, imputing to it shadings and gradations never intended by the men who wrote the Bill of Rights.
This facet of the war against Christianity recently came to the fore during the infamous case of the federal court-ordered removal from the courthouse in Montgomery, Ala., of a monument containing the text of the Ten Commandments.
If You Tell a Lie Often Enough ...
Thanks to the issues raised by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, for the first time many Americans were startled to learn that the famous slogan of "separation of church and state" theyve been told bans government at all levels from allowing religious expression within public facilities or by official bodies is nowhere to be found in the Constitution of the United States.
It is a largely a judicial fiction based on a deliberate misreading of the Establishment Clause "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" and the Free Exercise Clause, which follows: "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
It was not until 1947 that any other meaning than that which forbade Congress (but not the states) from setting up a state-sponsored religion was found. In that year, in the case of Everson vs. Board of Education, Justice Hugo Black took a passage from a private letter Thomas Jefferson sent to a friend in which he mentioned an alleged "wall of separation" and made it a key part of the Constitution, where, as noted above, it is nowhere to be found.
All of the subsequent court actions concerning the state vs. religion grew out of Blacks misleading view of the Establishment Clause. From that point on the courts have steadily eroded the prohibition against the "free exercise" of religion.
The full impact of this misreading of the Constitution became apparent with the Supreme Courts 1962 decision in Engel vs. Vitale, which outlawed state-sponsored prayer in government schools (it's no longer accurate to call them "public" schools; they serve the government, not the public that pays for them). In that case the prayer at issue was non-denominational: "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country."
In the first part of his book, Limbaugh laments the damage done to Americas schools that has resulted from the courts open hostility to religion, especially to Christianity which has become a target of federal judges seeking to drive Jesus Christ out of the public arena.
He provides an exhaustive history of the growth of public/government education, largely a mid-19th century development that built upon a disparate network of local schools in the various states that were fully Christian in every sense of the word. All education in the U.S. was erected on a platform of Christian schools, and even after public schools became the norm, Christianity was an important part of the curriculum upon which all other subjects were taught.
The author traces the development of secularism in the government school system, which he says many Protestant leaders claim was the result of the work of Horace Mann, a Massachusetts legislator who played a key role in establishing the Massachusetts Board of Education in 1837.
The Thought Police
Limbaugh cites some of the shocking results of the enforced secularization of public education:
A teacher at the same school where the Bible was described as garbage confiscated book covers that contained the Ten Commandments and threw them in the trash saying the Commandments were "hate speech" that might offend other students.
In May 1995, U.S. District Court Samuel B. Kent of the Southern District of Texas decreed that any student uttering the word "Jesus" would be arrested and tossed in the pokey for six months.
Said this blacked-robed Nero: "And make no mistake, the court is going to have a United States marshal in attendance at the graduation. If any student offends this court, that student will be arrested and will face up to six months incarceration in the Galveston County Jail for contempt of court. Anyone who thinks Im kidding about this order better think again Anyone who violates these orders, no kidding, is going to wish that he or she had died as a child when this court gets through with it."
Thank God this Nero had no lions around to feed with Christians.
Limbaugh sums up this part of the book by commenting that: "When you consider that the first common schools in this country were established for the purpose of Christian instruction, the current climate of hostility to all in the public school environment is sobering."
The separationists, he warns, "are determined to purge public schools of Christian thought, symbols and expression."
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The extremity of the war against Christianity was manifested in Madison, Wis., where transit authorities sought to honor the late Mother Teresa by putting her image on the metro pass in April 2003, a distinction later planned for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi.
The idea, however, infuriated one Annie Laurie Gaynor, the president of the appropriately named Freedom From Religion Foundation. She claimed that using Mother Teresas picture on the bus pass was "an insult to Madisonians who value womens rights and separation of church and state."
Mother Teresa, she charged, was unworthy of being honored because she "lived in parts of the world where she saw firsthand the overwhelming poverty and tragedy resulting from womens lack of access to birth control. Yet she campaigned stridently throughout her life at every opportunity against access to contraception, sterilization and abortion for anyone."
This about a saintly woman who became famous because of her years of going into the streets of Calcutta, gathering the destitute and dying, taking them to her convent, bathing them, cleansing their festering sores and helping them to die with dignity.
Wrote an astonished Limbaugh: "So this remarkably strong woman, Mother Teresa world-renowned for her selfless lifetime of charity works in poverty-stricken nations, whose Missionaries of Charity Order was sanctioned by the pope and who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her astonishingly good works is an insult to womens rights?"
The author cites numerous examples of attacks on Christianity at local, state and federal levels.
In Alabama, after Gov. Bob Riley together with his cabinet members and senior staff began having weekly voluntary Bible studies, Larry Darby, the Alabama director of American Atheists, attacked the sessions as "a form of Christian terrorism."
This was the same Darby who joined with the notoriously anti-Christian ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center in the successful attempt to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama State Judicial Building.
Even though the First Continental Congress opened with two hours of prayer and the first session of the U.S. Supreme Court on Sept. 24, 1789 began with a four-hour communion service, Americans for Separation of Church and State protested plans to use the U.S. Capitol Rotunda for prayer sessions for members of Congress.
"The U.S. Capitol is not a revival tent," stormed the groups president, Barry Lynn. He suggested that if members of Congress wanted religious service they should "go to their houses of worship."
Secularist attempts to ban any use of Christmas symbols on public property are rife all across the nation, and in many places even the mention of the word Christmas is banned. Government schools now tend to refer to Christmas as a "winter festival" or as some other pagan celebration.
Hooray for Satan
The monomania of ACLU's war on religion was illustrated when the organization set out to sue Carolyn Rusher, mayor of Inglis, Fla., for denouncing Satan.
Every Halloween night for nine years Rusher had issued a proclamation banning Satan from city limits and posting it on her office wall and four other places in the tiny municipality.
"Be it known from this day forward that Satan, ruler of darkness, giver of evil, destroyer of what is good and just, is not now, nor ever again will be, a part of this town, Inglis. Satan is hereby declared powerless, no longer ruling over, nor influencing, our citizens."
Taking up a complaint from a resident, ACLU eagerly planned to file suit, that, if successful, would ostensibly make Satan welcome in Inglis.
When the complaining resident said she was unwilling to file the suit, ACLU said it would go ahead on its own, no doubt to the delight of the prince of darkness.
Anti-Christian hostility became blatantly obvious when Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and his leftist comrades began attacking some of President Bushs nominees to the federal bench for the crime of having religious principles he feared might influence their judicial decisions.
When the president nominated J. Leon Holmes, a devout Roman Catholic and opponent of abortion, to the federal bench, Sens. Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and alleged Catholic Dick Durbin became unhinged.
Schumer stormed, "This man is an embarrassment to be nominated this guy is so far off the deep end."
As Limbaugh notes: "Undeniably, the litmus test is as clear as it is unconstitutional: Practicing Catholics need not apply."
Churches as Cancer
Real estate has become a battleground in the war against Christianity. All across America zoning laws are being used to ban construction of churches, the excuse being that they are a public nuisance and supposedly lower the values of real estate where they are built or attract too many of the wrong sort of worshippers.
In Castle Hills, Texas, Castle Hills Baptist Church was compared to a cancer. In a lawsuit against the church, city officials stated that the church "seems to grow like a cancer, feeding on homes in much the same way as a cancerous tumor feeds on healthy cells."
In Portland, Ore., zoning authorities ordered Sunnyside Centenary United Methodist Church to curtail its meals program for poor families and homeless people and demanded that attendance at all events, including Sunday services, be limited to 70 people. They even further restricted Wednesday night Bible classes and other uses of the church.
The abuse of zoning as a weapon against churches finally got so bad that Congress passed a law in 2000 forbidding any discrimination against churches by zoning authorities.
In his new, best-selling book, "Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity," David Limbaugh exposes the outrageous bias and discrimination against Christians. Read Part I in this series, Intolerant 'Liberals' Wage War on Christianity, and Part II, Leftists Treat Christianity as 'Cancer'.
The two most powerful molders of opinion in the nation, the media and Hollywood, are at the head of the line in the war on Christianity, frequently ridiculing and disparaging Christians in ways they would never dream of employing against any other group of Americans.
Writes David Limbaugh: "This anti-Christian bias manifests itself in unflattering portrayals of Christians in Hollywood films and entertainment television, and also in the demonization of Christian conservatives in the media."
Sometimes, he notes, the Catholic Church is singled out for special ridicule, a fact made obvious with the incredible overplaying of the recent sex abuse scandals where the facts were often overblown, especially in the medias incessant labeling of it a "pedop