Last night I received an email from E.W. Jackson, president of STAND and former Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. The email asked me to sign the following petition, which I did.
PETITION FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
“We the undersigned, as citizens of the United States, hereby demand that Congress and the President pass legislation recognizing that under the First Amendment of the Constitution it unlawful to fire persons from their jobs, fine them in their businesses, restrict them from contracting with agencies of government, discipline them in their schools, or punish them in the military for peaceably expressing faith in Jesus Christ, the Biblical definition of marriage, the sacredness of life or any other article of faith; nor may the peaceful expression of religious viewpoints be a cause for civil or criminal liability or prosecution as hate speech, bigotry or discrimination.”
Religious freedom in our country has been a hit piece for Democrats lately. Instead of believing in the Constitution’s clearly written right of freedom of religion, found in the First Amendment, we have too many radical liberals pushing the idea that we are required to have freedom from religion and therefore all mentions of religion must be deleted from society.
The left uses religion as their crutch to prop themselves up with the feeling of intellectual superiority while they see those who have faith in God as ignorant fools. Somehow political correctness gets worked in here. The God haters spin their hate by claiming to be offended whenever and wherever a pronouncement of faith is made. Sally Sensitive and all her friends complain about everything from our nation’s Pledge of Allegiance to RG3’s t-shirt. Strict political correctness would prescribe an allegiance to the law of the land, which we call the U.S. Constitution. Yet somehow exercising the freedom to engage in the religious faith of one’s choice is an affront to the civil rights of those who wish to abolish religion forever.
Another founding principle of our country is there is no religious test to hold office. Article VI lays this out without any ambiguity, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” This has been forgotten. John Kennedy famously felt the need to tell us that the Pope wouldn’t be calling the shots, Mitt Romney felt the need to clear up the separation between the church he attends and the offices he has sought, and last year I saw E.W. Jackson attacked for being a Christian who believes in the same Christian principles that our Founders believed in when they were crafting our enduring Constitution. It is unfortunate that the principle of religious tolerance, which is clearly written in the Constitution, has been pushed away by intolerance falsely labeled as political correctness.
For me, I carry the love of the Lord with me each day. I know I am a sinner in His sight. I try to be a good Christian steward, which directly translates into being a good citizen, but I fail, try again, fail, try some more, and hopefully get things right. The glory of God is evident in that I know when I ask Him for forgiveness He reaches His hand to me with unconditional acceptance. Why this offends so many liberals is truly sad.