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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Christians and Jews As Pro-State, Anti-Christian Bigots

Rick Perry, Texas Governor, possible Republican candidate for president, had announced last December that he wanted to have a prayer meeting, a day of fasting and prayer for national guidance in our country’s time of economic and cultural challenges. At one time this would have been thought a good thing by most. The confluence of aggressive intolerant anti Christian bigotry and lazy Christians that don’t truly practice and defend the Faith, has created a situation in which any Christian professes their Faith publicly gets attacked.

As I watched this scenario unfold this past week, I saw both Christians and Jews attack Perry for leading and participating in this event. The claim is that it’s a violation of separation of church and state. A stupid assertion since it’s not a government sponsored event, it's held on private property, no government money is being spent, and it’s all voluntary. Two of the major intolerant bigoted factions that are attacking this meeting are Leftist Christians and Leftist Jews. My contention that Leftists cannot be true to their religious faith because the State demands obedience to it first and God second, if at all.

I support the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in all it does to beat back anti-Semitism, though it seems to give in a pass in America by supporting Leftists and the Democrat Party which has proven itself to be anti-Semitic. A majority of Jews in this country vote Left, even in the face of that anti-Semitism, and here they are attacking Christians in general and Rick Perry in particular, for wanting to get together and pray and fast for the well being of our country.

This is part of the invitation to the event:
“Right now, America is in crisis: we have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy.
 Some problems are beyond our power to solve, and according to the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, this historic hour demands a historic response. Therefore, on August 6, thousands will gather to pray for a historic breakthrough for our country and a renewed sense of moral purpose.
I sincerely hope you’ll join me in Houston on August 6th and take your place in Reliant Stadium with praying people asking God’s forgiveness, wisdom and provision for our state and nation. There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees.”

The ADL has published a letter repudiating Perry for attending the event. The letter ends with this comment:
“Our concern is in no way based on hostility toward religion.  Rather, it is based on a deep belief in religious freedom.  It is one of America’s greatest strengths.  The best way to safeguard religious liberty for all Americans is for our government to keep its distance.  We therefore urge you to reconsider your participation in and involvement with The Response event.  We would appreciate hearing from you regarding this serious issue.”
This is being hostile toward religion, and specifically hostile to Christians. Basing this bigotry by redefining what the founding fathers meant by religious freedom is a Leftist tactic to secularize our government and marginalize religious people; the State before God. The founding fathers did not think so.

George Washington: “While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.

Thomas Jefferson: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; that a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event.”

There’s a huge segment of Christians that buy into this notion that religion, God, should take a back seat to the State. Fifty local, Houston, Christian groups have signed on to the intolerant bigoted letter from the ADL. The Houston Clergy Council followed that up with a letter of their own, stating:
’’Governor Perry has a constitutional duty to treat all Texans equally, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.”  “His official involvement with The Response, at minimum, violates the spirit of that duty.”

Martin B. Cominsky, ADL: “We strongly believe this statement, signed by so many of our most respected religious and community leaders, reflects the feelings of many Texans who are concerned that Governor Perry is overstepping his bounds in supporting an exclusionary sectarian religious event.”

A Christian, Perry, wants to get together with other Christians, to do a good thing based on their Faith, and we’re supposed to see that as a bad thing.

I see it as a bad thing that some Christians put the State before God, and attack a Christian that has a political job, that puts his Faith before the State. Once again, this event is being held on private property and no government money is being spent, and he’s attending as a man of Faith who happens to be a political official, not as a political official endorsing a Faith.

I think Perry is showing strength in his Faith that he’s still attending, getting together with fellow Christians to pray for our country. The people that put the State before God should not lie about what the Constitution and the founding fathers say about religion, siding with atheists and secularists.  Any person of any religion should rejoice and support this event, not attack and demean. 

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