There has been a marked decline in the tolerance Christians in the country that guarantees every citizen freedom of religion and freedom of speech. The very reason Pilgrims and Puritans came to this land is now under attack like never before. There are an alarming number of stories recently that show how the government is working to silence Christians and limit the free exercise of their religion.
This isn’t allowed even on Bourbon Street. New Orleans passed a law the prohibits the discussion of religion on Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. Pastors and others are being arrested for engaging in conversations of a religious (most of the time Christian) nature. This is obviously against the 1st Amendment of the constitution. What was the city of New Orleans thinking? That they can just pass ordinances that fly in the face of founding documents of the nation? What are the police who arrested these people thinking? That they can unlawfully detain people just because some dimwitted bureaucrat told them to? This is concerning.
Global religious intolerance up — even in U.S. is another article that shows religious intolerance is growing around the world according to the Pew Research Center. Even though we continue to have more freedom than most of the world, religious intolerance is growing in the United States.
Persecution of Christians on rise – in U.S. is another article discussing recent cases of intolerance. The following was cited by a recent study of religious (Christian mostly) intolerance in the United States.
- A federal judge threatened “incarceration” to a high school valedictorian unless she removed references to Jesus from her graduation speech.
- City officials prohibited senior citizens from praying over their meals, listening to religious messages or singing gospel songs at a senior activities center.
- A public school official physically lifted an elementary school student from his seat and reprimanded him in front of his classmates for praying over his lunch.
- Following U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ policies, a federal government official sought to censor a pastor’s prayer, eliminating references to Jesus, during a Memorial Day ceremony honoring veterans at a national cemetery.
- Public school officials prohibited students from handing out gifts because they contained religious messages.
- A public school official prevented a student from handing out flyers inviting her classmates to an event at her church.
- A public university’s law school banned a Christian organization because it required its officers to adhere to a statement of faith that the university disagreed with.
- The U.S. Department of Justice argued before the Supreme Court that the federal government can tell churches and synagogues which pastors and rabbis it can hire and fire.
- The State of Texas sought to approve and regulate what religious seminaries can teach.
- Through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the federal government is forcing religious organizations to provide insurance for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs in direct violation of their religious beliefs.
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs banned the mention of God from veterans’ funerals, overriding the wishes of the deceased’s families. Cemetery where ‘God’ banned accused of discrimination
- A federal judge held that prayers before a state House of Representatives could be to Allah but not to Jesus.
Here is an article, No worship, please. This is the house of state. that reports on how New York City enforced a ban on any church renting a public school because they are religious organizations.
The continuing stir over the video “The Innocence of Muslims” is of concern. Some are making the argument that free speech should be suspended when it comes to talking about Islam. This could easily be aimed against Christians, Jews, Christian missionaries and evangelists.
Another area of concern is in the area of homosexuality. There are those who would like to classify any speech against the practice from a biblical viewpoint as hate speech. If you do not recognize homosexual “marriage” as a legitimate union then you could be classified as a hate-mongering bigot unworthy of protection under the law.
We have not seen persecution in the United States as serious as the rest of the world yet, but it is not out of the question that things could get much worse for Christians in the United States in the coming years. So prepare your heart now to stand up for the Bible, and for Jesus and remember His words:
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.” -John 15:18-21