Last week I wrote about the attack by the Wisconsin atheist group, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, against my alma mater, the University of Tennessee, regarding our Saturday tradition of prayer before home football games.
This group has the nerve to issue a cease and desist order to my school as if anyone cares what they “don’t believe” or want. Of course the mindless lemming progressive socialists who want a secular humanist America made weak attempts to ally themselves with this group. Folks just don’t seem to understand Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Convention about establishment of religion and the separation of a head of state and head of church. The Constitution gives the First Amendment right to the freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof. Seems those simple words — like the right to bear arms shall not be infringed — confuses progressive socialists.
Well, as if these chuckleheads didn’t get the message, they will now. You see a high school in my home state of Georgia houses a special statue which football players touch before every game. What has these folks upset is that the statue — which is magnificent — has biblical scripture.
As reported by Fox News, “A Georgia high school football team’s tradition of touching a stone statue on their way out of the field house is drawing the ire of two groups that are demanding the statue be removed. According to MyFoxAtlanta.com, the granite statue at the center of the controversy at Madison County High School in Danielsville has ignited the furor of atheist and humanist groups who say the monument’s biblical inscriptions violate the Constitution. The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the American Humanist Association (AHA) have written separate letters to the school district, calling the statue “unconstitutional” — saying it violates the separation of church and state.”
So this is what I suggest. Send these people to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar, or any Islamic country where there are speakers throughout that broadcast prayers five times a day. Let them live in countries where the Quran is the basis of law.
The statue was privately donated and has sort of a King Arthur-like sword in the stone centerpiece. This donated statue has nothing to do with any state sponsoring religion — man made dogma. What these atheist groups want to do is rip the Judeo-Christian faith heritage from America.
The statue includes the phrase “Home of the Red Raiders” and two quotes from the Bible — Romans 8:31: “If God be for us who can be against us?” and Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
These are two of my favorite verses and do nothing but encourage one to be strong knowing that they can achieve all things. There is no message telling these kids to become Christians, but this is indeed a faith-based message to lift these athletes up before they take the field. It is a symbol of inspiration.
As a matter of fact, should we then remove the face of Moses from the House of Representatives as it looks upon the Speakers rostrum?
This is insidious and once again I pray the school district will make a stand and tell these groups to follow ISIS to the gates of the same place about which Vice President Joe Biden spoke. Let’s all flood the website of the Madison County school district in support and lend our hearts and prayers for their perseverance.
Until we begin to push back against this assault on our Judeo-Christian faith heritage these groups will continue their onslaught — and we must expose them. For whatever reason these “outsiders” believe they can intimidate us Southerners who have two prevalent beliefs — God and football (in both high school and college). It’s time we get our collective dander up and fight!
So far these groups FFRF and AHA have protested against football cheerleaders, marching bands, and have gone after Clemson University and the University of Tennessee. “The American Humanist Association is demanding the county “remove the monument immediately” or “remove the religious references.” Until that can happen, the group is suggesting the school cover up the statue, WXIA reported. AHA legal director David Noise says, “It was a colossal lapse of judgment to allow the monument as part of the public school environment. It sends a clear message that the school favors Christianity, despite the fact that it is a public school that must welcome all students.”
Fox reports that “Morris Stevens’ two sons play football for Madison’s Red Raiders team, and he says the young men now routinely touch the statue as they make their way onto the field. “They think it gives them good luck [a special blessing]. I say we live in a free nation and let’s exercise our freedoms and beliefs,” Stevens told WXIA. “I think everybody ought to just leave it alone and let God run this Earth like he does,” Johnny Kinley told MyFoxAtlanta.com.”
“Schools Superintendent Allen McCannon said the board and its attorneys are “investigating options available to it regarding the monument including, but not limited to, removal of the monument or modifying the monument in some manner,” according to WXIA.”
Mr. McCannon my admonition to you is find your intestinal fortitude and kindly respond to FFRF and AHA that nothing will change, God bless you, and have a great day. The option is simple, “Be strong and courageous for the Lord thy God shall not leave you nor forsake you” Joshua 1:9. And if FFRF and AHA seeks to bring a lawsuit against you, trust me, they will fail sir — just read Isaiah 54:17.
If atheists don’t want to believe in God, that’s they’re right — but don’t try to infringe upon our faith and freedom of religion and expression. And I don’t like to see our American flag being burned either!