I’ve earned many titles in my life but this past Saturday in Williamsburg, Virginia I had the pleasure of donning a special title. I was the Saturday evening keynote speaker for the “Leaders Inspiring Faith and Freedom to America” summit.
As Written By Allen B. West:
I am the honorary chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation (CPCF), and have been for three years. I can’t think of a more important duty right now in America than to make a stand for religious liberty in our Republic. It’s one of our First Amendment freedoms in that’s squarely in the sights of the secular humanists, enabled by the progressive socialists. The co-chairmen of the CPCF are Oklahoma Senator James Lankford and Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes. The president/executive director is the phenomenal Lea Carawan.
The theme of my presentation Saturday evening before a gathering of state legislators and Christian leaders was “The actions that make a difference.” One of those attending was the sheriff of York County Virginia, Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs. Here was a man who took an action that sincerely made a difference.
Sheriff Diggs had the national motto painted onto every one of the York County sheriff’s department vehicles. For those of you unaware, the national motto is “In God we trust.” Now of course he took lots of heat for this, mostly from that group in Madison, Wisconsin, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF).
Interesting…the FFRF has nothing to say about a High School in Maryland that has children learning the five pillars of Islam and reciting the Muslim statement of faith…we shared that story last week.
We in America are being falsely led to believe “separation of church and state” means we must separate our Judeo-Christian faith heritage from the fabric of our nation. If we submit to that, then we become the antithesis of who we are and what we were intended to be.
First of all, separation of church and state is not part of any of our founding documents. It’s not found in the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and certainly not the U.S. Constitution. The concept of separation of church and state is found in a letter by a great Virginian, Thomas Jefferson, written to the Danbury (Connecticut) Baptist Convention. The general premise was that in America we would not have a head of state who was also a head of the church — the lesson learned from King Henry VIII and the establishment of the Church of England.
This is what the establishment clause is all about: the state not establishing a religion. But foolishly we’re allowing the secular humanists to force us to believe that separation of church and state in America means we cannot publicly display our religious beliefs. The Constitution grants the freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof. Secular humanists tend to embrace a belief of freedom FROM religion — and they promote, very virulently, a sense of eradicating religion from the public sphere.
In essence what the secular humanists believe is that there is freedom of worship, but it must be contained in designated places of worship. You are not allowed to pray in schools, in public, and as Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has stated, those members of the military who “proselytize” their faith are guilty of treason and sedition and should be court-martialed. He demanded such be the punishment for an Air Force Major General who spoke of his faith, in uniform, at the National Prayer Day.