Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jim Eshleman

Is prayer or faith welcome anymore?

Simply Biased
We are witnessing a left wing meltdown in this country. While I have no problems with protesting, I do have problems when demonstrations turn to burning and looting. 
 
Now, there are people showing up at town hall meetings to hear from, speak to or even protest the actions or votes of their local representative. I don’t have a problem with that, but when they start shouting each other and our representatives down, not even allowing them to speak, that’s when I have a problem.
 
The most appalling thing I witnessed recently was when a representative started off his town hall meeting with the Lord’s Prayer and was shouted down by left wing agitators in the audience. They began yelling “Pray on your own time!” or shouting, “Separation of church and state! Separation of church and state!”
 
When I saw that, I was disgusted. Whatever happened to freedom of religion? 
 
If someone – and I mean anyone – holds an event, it is his or her First Amendment right to start it off or end it up with a prayer if they so choose.
 
The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” And I would like to highlight “prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
 
The left wing has gotten it so wrong. The intent of our founding fathers was that government was forbidden to single out any one religion as a national religion.
 
Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it prohibit the public display of faith; in fact, during the early days of our republic, church services were held in the U.S. Capitol and Treasury building.
 
In fact, the day after the First Amendment passed, Congress proclaimed a day of prayer and thanksgiving.
Nowhere in the constitution are there stipulations on places were the practice of one’s religion is forbidden. 
 
What has been lost to many is that our country was founded on biblical values. The idea of separation of church and state is again another attempt of revisionist thinking and, because of it, prayer has been banned from schools. Crosses and displays of the 10 Commandments have been taken from public parks and buildings. Continuous attempts have also been made to remove God from the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Nowhere in our constitution is made the mention of “separation of church and state.”
 
Our forefathers would be appalled at the restrictions placed on religion today.
 
Ever since the founding of this country – and up until the last 30 years – schools, public buildings, courthouses and public squares were sites of religious displays. At one time, the removal of such displays would not have been tolerated – in fact, it was looked upon as the government infringing on people’s rights.
 
George Washington said, “Religion and morality are indispensible supports,” for “it is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
 
Basically, it’s simple: The First Amendment to the constitution was made to protect all religions from an overreaching government.
 
Our government is overreaching and we, the people, better take it back before it’s too late. 
 
On the other hand, maybe it’s already too late.
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