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Freedom From Religion Foundation Atheists Ignorant Of Constitution
Flopping Aces ^ | 07-09-18 | Daniel John Sobieski

Posted on 07/09/2018 10:33:55 AM PDT by Starman417

Freedom from religion was not what those who fled the oppression and persecution of European monarchies sought and not what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they wrote the Constitution. Yet the Freedom of Religion Foundation seeks to impose its values and restrict the free exercise of religion guaranteed in the First Amendment.

Its latest targets are high school football camps in Arkansas where presumably you are allowed take a knee to protest our racist flag but cannot take a knee in thanks to the Creator the Declaration of Independence notes endowed us with our unalienable rights:

It’s not just illegal for public schools to host pre or postgame prayer sessions. They can’t do it at summer football camps, either.

At least that’s the stance of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which has sent a letter to the Danville (Ark.) Public School District citing a Constitutional violation related to the comments made to high school football campers by a local pastor named Konnor McKay.

The FFRF letter, which you can see here, insists that Danville, “not allow its football program to be used as a captive audience for evangelists.” That came in response to this social media post by McKay himself, celebrating his speech to a group of high school football players at Waldron High School.

In the ongoing struggle for religious liberty, constitutional conservatives like to say that the Constitution was written by those fleeing from religious persecution and that the First Amendment guaranteed freedom of religion and not freedom from it. The FFRF begs to differ, insisting in repeated legal actions against Christians that the Creator the Declaration of Independence says endowed us with our unalienable rights is not to be given thanks in the public square.

One of the atheist group’s recent targets were the athletes at West Branch High School in Beloit, Ohio who liked to gather in prayer at their games to give thanks to that Creator, rather than take a knee in protest of something or other like their less thankful older professional counterparts:

A southern Mahoning County school district is no longer saying a prayer before sporting events.

The school's superintendent says it all stemmed from a local complaint that got a national organization involved.

West Branch Superintendent Tim Saxton said he received a complaint letter from The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an anti-Christian organization, based out of Madison, Wisconsin.

The letter claimed a prayer performed at a public school sporting event violates the constitution and does not provide for a separation between church and state.

The FFRF is on a crusade to expunge religious expression from the public square and the group gets the meaning of “separation of church and state”, a phrase which appears nowhere in the Constitution, all wrong. This isn’t the first time their target has been high school football.

The FFRF went ballistic not long ago over the baptism of an on-the-field high school football coach in Villa, Ricca, Georgia. Attendance was voluntary and the students who attended did so on their own time and of their own free will. When the FFRF saw a video of the ceremony, it fired off a letter of righteous indignation to the Carroll County School superintendent:

“It is illegal for coaches to participate in religious activities with students, including prayer and baptisms,” attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote. “Nor can coaches allow religious leaders to gain unique access to students during school-sponsored activities.”

They called the full emersion baptisms an “egregious constitutional violation.”….

“I believe we live in a free country,” the pastor said. “These people that are trying to say you can’t do that – well – they’re taking away freedom. When did it become illegal to bow your head and pray? When did it become illegal to say I’m a Christian?”

Indeed. one would think that publicly baptizing a high school football coach, rather than threatening the constitutional foundations of our democracy, was covered under the “free exercise thereof” clause in the First Amendment. The irony here is that the FFRF on its website touts itself as “the largest free thought association in North America.” It seems it depends on what you’re thinking about to these thought police.

Expressions of religion in sports are not uncommon, from the baseball pitcher pointing heavenward after a big strikeout, to the singing of “God Bless America” in the 7th inning of baseball games after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Such expressions of religious liberty guaranteed by the Constitution are not always well received by those seeking to expunge all expressions of religious belief from the public square.

NFL quarterback Tim Tebow believed, as was written in the Declaration of Independence that we are endowed, not by government, but by our Creator, with inalienable rights. Tebow believed his talents and opportunities, as well as his rights, came from that Creator, and for that he was roundly mocked by his secular critics.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics; Religion
KEYWORDS: atheism; constitution; religion

1 posted on 07/09/2018 10:33:55 AM PDT by Starman417
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““It is illegal for coaches to participate in religious activities with students, including prayer and baptisms.”

I did not know that high school football coaches performed baptisms.

2 posted on 07/09/2018 10:41:05 AM PDT by Blue House Sue
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To: Starman417

To hell with atheists.

End public education.

3 posted on 07/09/2018 10:45:39 AM PDT by onedoug
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The Unique Idea of the American Constitution

Our Constitution embodied a UNIQUE IDEA. Nothing like it had ever been done before. The power of the idea was in the recognition that people's rights are granted directly by the Creator - not by the state - and that the people, then, and only then, grant rights to government. The concept is so simple, yet so very fundamental and far-reaching.

America's founders embraced a previously unheard-of political philosophy which held that people are "...endowed BY THEIR CREATOR with certain unalienable rights.." This was the statement of guiding principle for the new nation, and, as such, had to be translated into a concrete charter for government. The Constitution of The United States of America became that charter. Other forms of government, past and present, rely on the state as the grantor of human rights. America's founders, however, believed that a government made up of imperfect people exercising power over other people should possess limited powers. Through their Constitution, they wished to "secure the blessings of liberty" for themselves and for posterity by limiting the powers of government. Through it, they delegated to government only those rights they wanted it to have, holding to themselves all powers not delegated by the Constitution. They even provided the means for controlling those powers they had granted to government. This was the unique American idea. Many problems we face today result from a departure from this basic con­cept. Gradually, other "ideas" have influenced legislation which has reversed the roles and given government greater and greater power over individuals. Early generations of Americans pledged their lives to the cause of in­dividual freedom and limited government and warned, over and over again, that eternal vigilance would be required to preserve that freedom for posterity.

Footnote: Our Ageless Constitution, W. David Stedman & La Vaughn G. Lewis, Editors (Asheboro, NC, W. David Stedman Associates, 1987) Part III:  ISBN 0-937047-01-5

4 posted on 07/09/2018 10:47:02 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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The militant athiests and all other Soviet commiescum inspired orgs are *not* ignorant of the Constitution.

They’re purposely and maliciously twisting and perverting the meaning of everything in the Constitution.

Militant Atheists are attempting to install atheism as the official state religion.

5 posted on 07/09/2018 11:07:16 AM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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the Freedom of Religion Foundation

If you can’t tell ‘of’ from ‘from,’
anything else you say is unlikely to be worthwhile.

6 posted on 07/09/2018 11:46:27 AM PDT by sparklite2 (See more at Sparklite Times)
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Kennedy’s replacement might be the heft needed to reverse the anti-First Amendment scotus.

7 posted on 07/09/2018 1:21:40 PM PDT by Jacquerie (
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I still can’t find where The Constitution guarantees freedom from religion. I challenge them to show me that without distorting the meaning of words.

8 posted on 07/09/2018 2:32:31 PM PDT by Retvet (Retvet)
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Lawless atheists know what the Constitution says imo. However, knowing what the constitution says doesn’t necessarily stop atheists from supporting the decisions of Constitution-ignoring activist judges and justices who tell atheists what they want to hear.

9 posted on 07/09/2018 4:02:57 PM PDT by Amendment10
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