Prayer or Pill and Religious Freedom

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Prayer banner in a public school

This is more of a threat to religious

freedom than

This

Yup. That’s right. I a pastor am certain that religious freedom is threatened more by a prayer than a pill.

We are talking about religious freedom. That is the freedom that the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights of our Constitution which says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.  This gives us the freedom to worship (or not) as we please.  The  government is kept from establishing a religion–any and all religions. That prayer banner hangs in a public school, thus it is endorsing and establishing that form of belief as the norm. Some people in support of the banner are suggesting that it is not religious. First of all, how can a prayer not be religious?  But if that’s the argument, change the language to “Mother Earth-Goddess” or “Allah” or “Shiva” or even “Satan” and let’s see how loudly they shout to allow it to remain. That banner is only there because the majority is currently and happens to be some brand of Christian. However, the supposed Christians who are fighting for that banner including the ones who are vilifying the young woman need to re-evaluate their faith. Christians are to act in love. Love doesn’t call people names and love doesn’t use force. Love does not endorse might equals right.

Now in regards to the administration’s push to mandate organizations connected to churches to provide coverage for contraception. This is not a war against religious freedom. Every individual is able to worship as he or she believes. However, it is a health care issue. Every man and even every woman can receive the health care he or she requires. If church leaders are so upset that their dollar is being spent in this way, why are they not upset that their money is spent also on building tanks, drones, guns, bombs, child labor and massive destruction of the environment, etc. and so forth.

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