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3/22/2017

Has the Government abolished the Constitution? Part I


The Bill of Rights, were originally 17 proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution, ten of which were approved, ratified and made a permanent addition the constitution. The people and the states saw the need to protect individual liberties after their experience dealing with the centralized power of a monarch.  These rights are seen as fundamental rights that the people must possess in order to maintain a free nation. Yet, have these rights been abolished by modern laws and the actions of our modern government? In this series we will look at a few of these guaranteed rights and how modern government treats them and may be on the brink of abolishing them.

Amendment I

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

This statement in the First Amendment was not included in the constitution in order to form a “wall” that blocked religious beliefs from being expressed in government or the public square.  This guaranteed right simply prevented the government from establishing a government religion, in which people were coerced to respect and pay taxes to a particular church.
Several European countries still have a state endorsed church and some collect taxes on behalf of the church. The First Amendment prevented that from happening in America.

Yet, in the last few decades our government has stepped beyond the original intent of the constitution and created a fake “wall of separation” that blocked the ability of Christians from expressing their beliefs anywhere other than their homes and places of worship.

For example, military chaplains and other military personnel are being reprimanded for expressing their religious beliefs. Teachers are being told they cannot have a bible or anything of a religious nature on their desk. Christians are being persecuted by the government for following their biblical beliefs and even reading the bible in public places.

However, after removing Christianity from the public square, the government fills the void by endorsing morals and other belief systems that run contrary to Christianity, but Christians are still forced to comply. Schools have forced children to participate in yoga and Islamic prayer activities with the threat of failure if they don’t comply. When Christian parents ask to have their children removed from the program the parents are banned from the school grounds. Yet, taxpayer dollars are used to install Muslim foot-washing stations and prayer rooms in schools and airports.

We are living in a day and age when government at all levels feel they have the power to regulate Christian beliefs, while also forcing Christians to comply with state endorsed morals and yielding, or even paying for special accommodations for religious teachings and practices of state endorsed groups.


Clearly, government endorsement of religion, or hostility of one religion over another was something the First Amendment was designed to block government from doing and not stopping kids and teachers from praying around the schools flagpole, while forcing them to pray Islamic prayers.

 

 

3/14/2016

The House just passed a resolution to declare acts committed by the Islamic State (ISIS) to be genocide


The House just passed a resolution to declare acts committed by the Islamic State (ISIS) to be genocide and also accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of war crimes.

H.Con.Res.75 - Expressing the sense of Congress that those who commit or support atrocities against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities, including Yezidis, Turkmen, Sabea-Mandeans, Kaka'e, and Kurds, and who target them specifically for ethnic or religious reasons, are committing, and are hereby declared to be committing, "war crimes", "crimes against humanity", and "genocide". 

The resolution was introduced by Representative Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska and passed the house on  3/14/16.

The resolution was Introduced in the House on 09/09/2015 and declares that:

  • the atrocities committed against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities targeted specifically for religious reasons are crimes against humanity and genocide; 
  • each of the Contracting Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and other international agreements forbidding war crimes and crimes against humanity, particularly the governments of countries and their nationals who are in any way supporting these crimes, are reminded of their legal obligations under the Convention and these international agreements;
  • the United Nations (U.N.) and the Secretary-General are called upon to assert leadership by calling the atrocities war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide;
  • the member states of the U.N., with an appeal to the Arab States that wish to uphold religious freedom and justice, should collaborate on measures to prevent further war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, and collaborate on the establishment of tribunals to punish those responsible for the ongoing crimes;
  • the governments of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Lebanese Republic, and other countries are commended for having undertaken to shelter and protect those fleeing extremist violence; and
  • those who force the migration of religious communities from their ancestral homelands, including specifically the Nineveh Plain and Mount Sinjar, should be prosecuted in accordance with the laws of the place where their crimes were committed and under applicable international criminal statutes and conventions.

The resolution is more of a political statement and declaration of support for Christians and holds little weight to initiate actual actions to resolve the matter. Power to make a difference in the situation rests on the shoulders of the Obama administration, who have until March 17th to determine if they will declare the actions of ISIS genocide against humanity. 

The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men's fraternal organization, submitted a report to Secretary of State John Kerry that details the murders, attacks, and sexual slavery being committed against Christians in the middle east with the hopes the administration will do something to stop the crimes.

We will see how the administration reacts to the report and the resolution. Personally, I have a feeling the administration will refuse to declare the persecution of Christians an act of  "genocide" for fear of negative Muslim reactions around the world. At best, I believe Kerry will just make a "soapbox speech" claiming ISIS is a threat to all religious groups and will encourage world leaders to unite against the ISIS threat -- Thus declaring the obvious with no declaration of genocide or real action to stop the persecution. 

All we can do right now is pray for those being persecuted and support the efforts of organizations trying to help.

UPDATE: Sec. Kerry did make an announcement on 3/17/16 declaring "genocide" on Muslim, Christian and minority groups in the area. This is exactly what we suspected, which is the administration will refuse to single out the Christian genocide. We suspected Kerry would make "a 'soapbox speech'claiming ISIS is a threat to all religious groups" and that is exactly what he did. However, he did suprise us that he declared these attacks "genocide" because we have heard that a declaration of genocide would obligate the U.S. to take actions. However, we hear the administration will not take action and will leave the final determination of genocide and appropriate action to the international community. Therefore, the Kerry declaration is useless. Basically, this is what we suspected.