Religion and faith are touchy concepts in a nation without a state religion and moreso in a country that has become as secular as ours where any public religious display is met by an uproar from the American Civil Liberties UnionÂ which consistentlyÂ invokes aÂ non-existent constitutionalÂ ”separation of church and state” clause.Â
Â The ACLU and other atheistsÂ hang their hats on the Constitution’s Second Amendment which in part reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”Â
Those words reflect the Founding Fathers’ abhorrenceÂ of the idea of state religion and insistence on the right of absolute religious freedomÂ but make no reference to banning religion from the public square.
Founded on fundamentally Christian principles, for over a century America thrived on religious precepts and evolved into a predominantly-Christian nation where, even today, 77% of our citizens describe themselves as Christians–despiteÂ ACLU protests to the contrary.Â Â
Nevertheless, the issues of religion and ChristianityÂ are far from fully resolved in America and continueÂ to be raised by atheists and other godless people.Â
ReligionÂ became an issueÂ in 1928 with Alfred E. Smith and in 1960 with JohnÂ F. Kennedy, both Roman Catholics.Â It has again become a hot topic in 2012 because Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is an adherent to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a Mormon.
The point is, Does anyone’s religion or lack thereof really matter in the United States?Â Aside from radicalÂ faiths dedicated to our destruction, atheists, and the Left, it shouldn’t, yet it does.Â
Religion obviously matters to sixteen year oldÂ budding atheist Jessica Ahlquist, a juniorÂ at Rhode Island’s Cranston High School West.
Â Ms. AhlquistÂ protested, with helpÂ from the ACLU, against the display of a 49-year old “prayer banner” at Cranston.Â She succeeded in getting a federal judge to rule the banner unconstitutional and school officials to cover it up in spite of widespread community opposition.Â Â
The prayerÂ addresses “Our Heavenly Father” and exhorts students to grow morally and physically, to be kind, helpful, honest, and friendly, and to smile.Â
Ms. Ahlquist won that battle though she has been beset by reprehensible threats due to her complaints.Â Cranston,Â Rhode Island, and the rest of us lost.Â See the story and the text of the offensive prayer hereÂ http://huff.to/xJatyL.Â
Leftist politics not only makes for strange bedfellows.Â Â It makes for some strange and nasty people who use their contempt for religion to further political agendas.
Â Chris Matthews, the unacknowledged Clown Prince of MSNBC, a nice, Catholic boy as my mother used to call virtually every Catholic boy, somewhere lost his way, his decency, and his mind.Â Â
Matthews didn’t go awry by simply forgetting his upbringing but then went amok by admitting he was so enamored of Barack Hussein Obama that he felt tingles in his pants in Obama’s presence.Â Either he suffers from a neurological condition or terminal Obamamania.Â
Matthews recently reached the bottom of the leftist barrelÂ in a racist, tauntingÂ interview with black, ChristianÂ Republican strategist, Ron Christie.Â
After suggesting Christie was nuts for his disbelief in anthropogenic climate change-global cooling-global warming, Matthews moved on to evolution and sarcastically asked Christie, “How are you standing on evolution these days?”Â Christie responded that,Â ”I believe that God is our Creator and we are all from the good Lord.”Â
At that point, Matthews dropped bombshell evidence that he has lost it by effectively calling Christie a prehistoric, primitive cave dweller, asking, “What is with the troglodyte?Â The Luddites?Â What is the party that used to believe in things?”
Christie’s rejoinder, “Youâ€™re missing faith in this country,” should have been accompanied by a queryÂ about Mr. Tingles’ tingles.Â Â
See Chris Matthews demean a ChristianÂ African-American http://bit.ly/zdZ01F.Â
It’s questionable whether Matthews’ hero ever understood the Christian bases on whichÂ our countryÂ wasÂ established andÂ he showsÂ aÂ total disregard for truth and principle almost every day.Â Ironically, so, too, does his former faith adviser Shaun CaseyÂ who recently stated heÂ was “glad American civil religion is dying.â€
Â ObamaÂ admitted his daily mistakes to ABC’s Barbara Walters last month, an admission unsurprisingÂ to everyone except Ms. Walters and hisÂ mainstream media.Â
Â Obama emphasizedÂ his disregard for principle on FridayÂ when HHS Secretary Kathleen SebelliusÂ abnegated his Obamacare pledges to Catholic hospitals, doctors, and nursesÂ regarding protecting their religious rightsÂ byÂ forcingÂ them to engage inÂ sterilization, artificial contraception, and abortion procedures.
As CNSNews.com reports, “Unless they work directly at a church–[they will now be required] to purchase government-approved health insurance plans that cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives including those that cause abortions.”Â (http://bit.ly/zz1qz4)
So much for Obama pledges and promises.Â Catholic bishops called the announcement “unconscionable.”Â I call it expected and typical, as well.Â Â Â
LikeÂ every other human belief system and institutions, ChristianityÂ has itsÂ flaws.Â Mankind is fallible.Â
However, as contrasted with individuals such as professed atheistic zealotÂ Jessica Ahlquist who foisted her godlessness on her high school because of an innocuous prayer, with Chris Matthews who derides his own religion in favor of political advocacy,Â withÂ Barack Obama who actively campaigns to undermine religious convictions,Â and with the ACLU which never met an anti-Christian or anti-American cause it didn’t advocate, ChristianityÂ is perfection itself.Â Â