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The Insane Expulsion of God

by  Dave Miller, Ph.D.

On a daily basis in America, the Christian religion and the God of the Bible are subjected to disdain, contempt, and open hostility by those who seem determined to eradicate the Christian worldview. The number and nature of these outrageous affronts are increasing in magnitude and absurdity. One recent instance is seen in the removal of “In God We Trust” from the image of a nickel on the yearbook of the Liberty Elementary School in Keller, Texas. The Superintendent said the decision was made to omit the phrase since it “might create an issue with people of several religious faiths” (Brown, 2006). In another incident, the Fredericksburg, Virginia city council voted to ban any reference to Jesus Christ in prayers after being threatened by the ACLU if the practice continued (Battle, 2006). The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had already unanimously ruled that by opening its meetings with a prayer that mentions Jesus Christ, the Great Falls, South Carolina Town Council was guilty of an unconstitutional government advancement of one religion, i.e., Christianity (“4th Circuit...,” 2004). Another ACLU instigated lawsuit resulted in a U.S. District Judge ruling that the Indiana House of Representatives could not formally open with prayers that mention Jesus Christ or use Christian terms such as “savior” because they amount to state endorsement of a religion (Wilson, 2006). All such actions fly flagrantly in the face of over 180 years of contrary legislative and judicial practice. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).

REFERENCES

Battle, Emily (2006), “Councilman Sues Fellow Council Members,” The Free Lance-Star, January 1, [On-line], URL: http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2006/012006/01112006/turner.

Brown, Jessamy (2006), “School Officials Express Regret,” Star-Telegram, May 23, [On-line], URL: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/14646600.htm.

“4th Circuit: Council Prayers Unconstitutionally Advance Christianity” (2004), The Associated Press, July 23, [On-line], URL: http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=13769.

Wilson, Charles (2006), “Indiana House Speaker Appeals Prayer Ruling,” The Associated Press, May 13, [On-line], URL: http://www.christianpost.com/article/society/2507/section/indiana.house. speaker.appeals.prayer.ruling/1.htm.




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