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Obama’s Democrats trying backdoor war against your 1st Amendment Rights

Posted by Stephen on February 4, 2009

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Make no mistake about it, President Obama has sent a clear message during the first two weeks of his leadership; the anti-Christian, anti-faith movement Conservatives feared during his manipulative campaign is in deed real and moving forward.

In nothing short of a deplorable move by House Democrats, the sell-out bill, sadly named a bail out, persecutes those who educate, or wish to be educated, by a faith based educational institution. However, the most egregious fact is they are combining an assault on faith based education with unadulterated support of abortion with tax payer funds on foreign soil.

Christina Corbin of Fox News wrote on the issue today. She points out that, according to conservative groups who object to a provision in the stimulus bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last week, Democrats in Congress have declared war on prayer.

The House bill has a provision that bans money designated for school renovation from being spent on facilities that allow “religious worship.” It has ignited a fury among critics who say it violates the First Amendment and is an attempt to prevent religious practice in schools.

According to the bill, which the Democratic-controlled House passed despite unanimous Republican opposition, funds are prohibited from being used for the “modernization, renovation, or repair” of facilities that allow “sectarian instruction, religious worship or a school or department of divinity.”

Critics say that could include public schools that permit religious groups to meet on campus. The House provided $20 billion for the infrastructure improvements, of which $6 billion would go to higher education facilities where the limitations would be applied.

“What the government is doing is discriminating against religious viewpoints,” said Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that works to advance religious freedom.

“President Obama’s version of faith-based initiatives is to remove the faith from initiative,” said Staver, who believes Obama has “a completely different view on faith” from what he said during his presidential campaign.

“He is not the infallible messiah that some thought he would be,” Staver said.

It is a masterful attempt at circumventing the Constitution and a grandiose effort by master manipulators to come in through the backdoor in their attempts to weaken those that would dare stand up for faith in the public square.

This government is acting as though anyone that supports faith is wearing a sheet over their head and holding late night meetings in empty fields. They act as though anyone with Christian values is in some way an enemy of the state, and at the very least an enemy of theirs.

To withhold funds that they are throwing around to every Liberal Democratic pet project ever devised over the last twenty years just because they pray in school is shocking, disgusting, pathetic and intolerable. It is the kind of act that demands suit be brought against the Government should this effort survive to see the leader of this war sign it into law.

The atheist arm of the American Civil Liberties Union defends the constitutionality of the restriction, which they say has been the law since 1972.

“It’s almost a restatement of what the Constitution requires so there’s nothing novel in what the House did in its restriction,” said Christopher Anders, senior legislative counsel to the ACLU. “For 37 years, the law of the land is that the government can’t pay for buildings that are used for religious purposes.”

The fact is the ACLU has never gotten it right when it comes to issues of faith, prayer, or the first amendment, not because they don’t know, but because they hate what faith stands for. Pointing out the ACLU’s continued inaccuracies, the Traditional Values Coalition issued a statement Wednesday charging that Obama is using his stimulus plan to restrict the exercise of religion in public facilities; a provision it says violates the right to free speech.

“The economic crisis is being used as a pretext to curb religious liberty at institutions of higher learning,” said Executive Director Andrea Lafferty.

“We are not asking that federal funding be used to construct a church, but if a campus ministry wants to hold a Bible study or Mass in the student activity building, we should be encouraging that; not punishing a college for permitting it,” she said.

Constitutional law experts acknowledge the unconstitutional nature of the provision.

“Certainly the provision is treating the act of religious organizations differently from the activities of the school itself,” Harvard University constitutional law professor Mark Tushnet told

“It’s not frivolous to say there’s a constitutional problem with excluding religious facilities from these grants,” added Tushnet.

It’s another knife in the back of the principles that were celebrated by those that built this nation; placed there by a powerful ultra Liberal wing of this country hell bent on taking the final steps necessary to remove Christian values from public view, and led by Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and their ilk.

Is this the “New Washington” that Obama was talking about over the last 18 months of his campaign?

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.


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