A federal judge ruled
that the New York City Department of Education could continue to ban the
display of the Christian Nativity during Christmas. Remarkably, the
judge found that the display of the Jewish Menorah during Hanukkah and the
Islamic Star and Crescent during Ramadan were allowable since these symbols
are “secular.” Ostensibly, state-sponsored discrimination against Christians
is permissible because it provides “parity” for other religions.
Not to be outdone, another federal judge in Kansas ruled that Washburn University
has every right to display a sculpture mocking the Catholic faith.
The oxymoronic Campus Beautification Committee selected the display, entitled
“Holier than Thou,” portraying a Catholic bishop with a morbid facial expression
wearing a miter resembling a penis. The judge did not find hostility
toward Catholics, but rather a display that will “increase the intellectual
capacities of Washburn’s students.”
The Thomas More Law Center, a public-interest law firm, brought suit in the
aforementioned cases. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel
of the Law Center, commented, “Unfortunately, this and several other recent
decisions by federal judges have demonstrated that there is a double standard
when it comes to applying the Establishment Clause. The Ten Commandments
and the Christian Nativity scene are out, but an anti-Catholic display of
a bishop wearing a miter that resembles a phallus is permissible because
it allegedly enhances aesthetics. Apparently, the religion clauses
protect atheists but afford no comparable protection for Christians.”
Catholic Charities is one of America’s largest social service organizations
providing assistance to people regardless of religious affiliation.
Catholic Charities is an arm of the Roman Catholic Church, but the California
Supreme Court does not seem to agree with this assessment. The organization
did not meet the narrowly defined religious employer exemption in a law requiring
California employers to provide birth control coverage in health plans.
Thus, the court ruled that Catholic Charities must ignore its moral opposition
to contraception. This is a great example of how government-mandated
health insurance works when it becomes a “right.”
represents the ultimate paradox: the very fact that the Catholic Church’s
inclusive policy of hiring and helping people regardless of faith is the
reasoning used by the court to declare the purpose of Catholic Charities
is, in fact, secular. No, it’s called being a good Catholic. I’m selling
oceanfront property in North Dakota if you really believe that Catholic Charities
is a secular organization.
While appeasing the ACLU and other secular humanists, the California court
has insulted Roman Catholics around the world. Regardless of personal
opinion on the matter of birth control, even among Catholics, this benchmark
case is not about contraception. It’s about whether or not the government
should interfere with liberty and the free exercise of religion. The
only dissenter on the court was Justice Janice Rogers Brown, who wrote, “Here
we are dealing with an intentional, purposeful intrusion into a religious
organization’s expression of its religious tenets and sense of mission.”
State-sponsored discrimination and hostility toward Christians is reaching
epidemic proportions in a country rooted in Judeo-Christian principles.
Our Founders could never have envisioned how far we would travel off the
beaten path. This disturbing trend is no anomaly. It’s a highly
organized and well-financed campaign by secular humanists and atheists who
have found sympathetic legislators and jurists. The agenda is simple
-- drive organized religion underground in order for nihilism and moral relativism
French historian and American observer Alexis de Tocqueville opined, “liberty
cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”
Americans of all faiths must stand together with the understanding that no
religion is safe when even one comes under attack. Josef Stalin disclosed
an ominous plot many years ago: “America is like a healthy body and
its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its
spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will
collapse from within.” We’ve stood by as Christianity takes a beating
in the town square. It’s high time we turn the tide. Our very
liberty depends on it.
Michael Nevin is a former altar boy and current California law enforcement officer.
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