Persecution and attacks against Christianity in the Middle East and in places such as Pakistan is rampant. The voices of Copts, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Armenians, and others are crying out to be heard. They are being killed, kidnapped, tortured, and being forced out of their ancestral lands and homes. All of these groups existed in these regions before their persecutors, the Islamic totalitarians, evolved and conquered the lands.
My own personal story of meeting a young Pakistani Christian woman, Julie Aftab, at this years ACT for America Gala touched my heart. As a teenager working to support her family, she had acid thrown on her and down her throat by a Muslim man because she was standing up for her Christian faith. We are finally reaching the point where more people around the world, including in Washington DC, are beginning to take notice and lend their voices in support.
However, the assault on Christianity is not a foreign phenomenon, as secular humanists here in America are conducting their own assault against the Judeo-Christian faith heritage of America. It’s critical we recognize that America does indeed have a faith heritage that cannot be debated. We do not have an established state religion and no law can institute it, but in America we do have the right to the free exercise of any faith.
Many Americans are confused about supposed violations of the separation of church and state. But what must be understood is this phrase isn’t part of any founding documents of the United States, be it the Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, or US Constitution. The concept of separation of church and state was written by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Convention. It simply articulated that in forming a new governing structure in America, the Head of State will not be the Head of Church, as was King of England also the Head of the Anglican Church.
In America today we have allowed secular humanists to hijack this concept into meaning the eradication of any act of faith. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will begin deciding the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway, a New York lawsuit that could resonate at all levels of government, from local city councils to state legislatures and even Congress. In Greece v. Galloway, a lower court ruled that opening a town council meeting with a prayer violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. The court ruled that the prayers violated the separation of church and state, and the content of the prayers could give the impression that the government endorses Christianity. America does not endorse Christianity, but it does have a faith heritage. After all, the opening of legislative sessions with prayer is a tradition of this nation.
What’s next? Shall we change the official motto of the United States, “In God We Trust”? Those words are displayed over the Speaker’s rostrum in the House of Representatives. And when you stand there presiding over the business of the American people in the House, it is along with the image of Moses, the great lawgiver of the Bible.
So if the secularists bring forth a lawsuit, shall we remove the words “In God We Trust” and the image of Moses from the US House of Representatives? Contact the Supreme Court and let them hear your voice. Tell them to leave prayer alone, for if one day we are no longer One Nation under God, as Reagan said, “we shall be one nation gone under.”