“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…” –2 Timothy 3:12
The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) is at it again, and this time, their target is none other than Kanye West.
The FFRF, an atheist organization based in Wisconsin, is infamously known for sending threatening letters to local governments, public officials, schools, nursing homes, and others demanding that public religious speech or expression cease. We have written to you in years past about FFRF efforts in multiple states to shut down religious expression. Some of their favorite targets are voluntary prayer before meals at a senior centers, nativity scenes in public location, and coaches’ presence during student-led prayers at athletic events. These baseless attacks have caused individuals to needlessly lose their job because local groups want to avoid a lawsuit even if the actions were completely constitutional.
Most recently, the group turned their attention to recording artist Kanye West and two county jails in Texas, after a surprise performance by Kanye and his Sunday Service choir. According to a letter from the FFRF to the Harris County Sherriff, Ed Gonzales, the performance was an “egregious” constitutional violation—even if attendance was voluntary.
True to form, the FFRF offered nothing but threats to the jails and the inmates, because as we all know, it is easier to do nothing and to simply attack those who are doing something. Whatever you may believe about Kanye, the fact that Kanye’s performance undoubtedly provided hope to those who need it most matters little to groups like the FFRF who are hellbent on making a point versus making a difference.
One thing is clear—continued attacks like this expose a growing anti-Christian sentiment in America led by the FFRF and others who wish to rewrite the First Amendment and prohibit our free exercise of religion.
Sadly, the FFRF’s bully tactics have been successful at times because the majority of their targets lack the resources necessary to defend themselves in potential litigation. However, if you, your community, or someone you know receives a letter from the FFRF, please remember this – Family Policy Alliance® cares about your right to freely exercise your faith, and if the FFRF decides to sue, we are allied with legal entities that may be able to help you with your case pro bono.
Whether you are a celebrity like Kanye West, or an ordinary American, our Freedom OF Religion is guaranteed to us by the U.S. Constitution. Together, let’s make sure it stays that way, for a state and nation where religious freedom flourishes.
Thank you for standing with us!
Brittany Jones, Esq.
by Stuart Shepard
It was just a rather sizable, but otherwise plain-looking, plaque on the wall of the Spiller Elementary lunchroom.
It’s been at the Wytheville, Virginia, school for so long, no one remembers who put it there.
Here’s what it says – or rather – said:
We thank thee for this food.
Bless it to the nourishment
of our bodies and our lives
to Thy service. Amen.
That humble prayer is now in storage.
You say even you think there might be a problem with such a bold Christian expression in a public school? Especially the “Thy service” part? Because the courts have ruled this or that or something else?
Okay. That’s essentially the argument made by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which sent one of its threatening, copy-and-paste letters to school officials after hearing from (this is a quote) “a local member of the district.”
Umm, yeah, okay. We’ll go with that.
They said, “the display existed purely for the sake of proselytizing” and that “students should not have to view materials promoting a Christian message.”
Now, I could point out that for most of our Nation’s existence, prayer and study of the Bible was a regular part of the public-school curriculum.
Or how the famous Virginian, George Washington, proclaimed “… it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”
(Seems like such a Christian message from a president would be a bigger deal than a plaque on the wall.)
Or how another famous Virginian and author of the First Amendment, Thomas Jefferson, did some audacious proselytizing when he signed a Thanksgiving Proclamation that praised the “glorious light of the Gospel” and explained how “through the merits of our gracious Redeemer, we may become the heirs of his eternal glory.”
(Yikes! Time for “a local member of the district” to call Wisconsin!)
I could do all that. But, instead, in these challenging times in 2017, here’s what I suggest:
Remind the young people in your life that they have a right to pray every day in the school lunchroom.
That they have a right to pray before school with their friends, and after school with their classmates, and quietly before the Algebra test.
That if their school allows non-curricular clubs, they can start a group to pray together and study the Bible.
That they can, if it fits the assignment, write about prayer and their faith in their school work and share it with their classmates.
And share the words of our Founders with them. And teach them a proper understanding of the First Amendment. And the importance of prayer.
Because, a prayer on a student’s lips is far more valuable than a prayer on a plaque on a wall.
Thanks to Gateways to Better Education for alerting us to this story.