We've all received the "FW" e-mail or seen the petition that warns us of Madalyn Murray O'Hair's attempt to expunge the words "In God We Trust" from our coins or remove religious programs from television. Of course, Ms. O'Hair, perhaps our nation's most infamous atheist, died in the mid-1990s, and the FCC actually had to create a form letter to send people who continue to respond to that urban legend e-mail. So, when we heard that a federal lawsuit was filed last week to block the engraving of the words "In God We Trust" and the Pledge of Allegiance in the Capitol Visitor Center, your first reaction might be, "You can't believe everything you read on the Internet." Unfortunately, this is no urban legend or misleading e-mail. It is an actual law suit and was filed by an organization called the "Freedom From Religion Foundation" last Tuesday in a Wisconsin Federal Court (we have a link to a video, here, where conservative writer Peter Heck debates its president).
How far that group will get with the law suit is anyone's guess. But it also isn't the only direct attack on our religious liberty.
In Atlanta last week, attendees at Focus on the Family's Family Policy Council annual meeting, FPC leaders from around the nation were briefed on another religious liberty case. This one involves a lawsuit in California, brought by the ACLU, where a federal judge has ordered a veterans' monument — a cross — to be covered up until the courts can decide if this 75 year old monument is a violation of the "separation of church and state." (See comment and video, here).
In response to these repeated assaults on our religious liberty and heritage, U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), recently delivered an eloquent speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, challenging the myth of this so-called "separation" and explaining the facts of our Christian heritage. It is one YouTube's most ever viewed House speeches (see, why, here).
Despite the attacks on our liberties and the absolutely destructive policies fast-tracked through Congress by the Obama administration, we do have hope. For example, it was very encouraging to see so many talented and dedicated FPC and Focus leaders from around our country in Atlanta who work every day to protect our freedoms. We are seeing a new energy in Virginia, now, as well, as people once again are involved and taking action.
But we must be informed, we must inform others — and we must act. We urge you to forward this blog link to five friends. Especially urge them to sign up for our e-mail alerts (click here). We must add more people to our cause and we must be willing to do our part in the battles we face. If not, organizations such as the ACLU and Freedom From Religion will dismantle all upon which our commonwealth and country were founded.