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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

America's Most Important Story - Are You Missing It?

Here's the Nonsense:  Houston is just trying to make their city a better place to live.  It's not an issue that's important to the rest of the country

Here's the Horse Sense:  Houston is the place where all Americans should be focused.  First Amendment rights are under attack and if they are lost there, they will be lost across the nation.

Fox News is reporting the most important story in America, but even they don't seem to realize it's importance.  We're all consumed right now with the mass of stories threatening our security, safety, and way of life.  Whether it's about ISIS, ebola, open borders, presidential scandals, or whatever, nothing trumps this story.  What is it?  It's the story about the City of Houston demanding copies of pastors sermons.  Doesn't sound like much, right?  But it is.  And it's the most important because this is an assault on First Amendment rights, which is the cornerstone of all freedoms in America.

Whether you are a Christian, an atheist, or your faith is in another religion, this story is of critical importance to YOU.  When we understand the founding of America and what our nation is all about, we understand that the right to believe as you choose is the most fundamental freedom there is.  If you are not allowed to believe as you choose, you have no freedom.

The mayor of Houston is a lesbian who put through a law some time back that protects sexual predators.  That's right, PROTECTS SEXUAL PREDATORS!  The law allows people of either gender to use the restrooms, locker rooms, and other gender specific facilities of the sex that they feel they are most aligned with.  So, if a man gets up in the morning and decides he feels like a woman that day, I guess he can go down to the local YMCA and use the women's locker room.  And, a question that has yet to be answered, if a woman finds him doing something creepy or dangerous and assaults him in defense of herself or another woman or girl, the law appears to make her the criminal in danger of prosecution.  Tell that to your concealed carry licensed wife who pulls her gun out of her purse and shoots the monster when he's about to grab a 10 year old girl in the showers!

But that wasn't enough.  Now Houston is demanding that pastors turn over sermons and speeches relating to the mayor, homosexuality and gender identity.  For what purpose is anybody's guess.  But my guess is that the Fox report is right when it says that they may be used to bully those pastors to silence them and turn the community against them. 

The people who came to this continent from Europe in the early 17th century started a wave of immigration of people seeking religious freedom.  They were persecuted in their home countries and fled to find a place where they could worship freely and in peace.  When the country was founded at the end of the 18th century, our founders made religious freedom and freedom of thought and speech the cornerstone of our republic.  They did this because they knew that without the right to believe and speak what you choose, you have no freedoms.

Now, over 2 centuries later those freedoms are under siege.  We've seen an increase in the persecution of Christians in minor forms in America in recent decades.  Sure, those who are opposed to Christianity have denied it, but the facts are obvious.  From small things like not allowing the mention of Christmas in schools and government offices to larger things like now, the 4th largest city in America demanding copies of sermons that obviously teach what the Bible says, we've seen the pressure increase.  We have an administration in Washington that won't stand up for Christians or Jews, but will support virtually anything Muslims do.  These same kinds of actions occur on various levels in municipalities across our country.

Americans are losing their freedoms and this is a clear example of the bullying tactics government can try to use to achieve those goals.  It's time to stand up and stop the madness.  Everyone, whether you agree with them or not, has the right to believe as they choose.  Unfortunately our schools are teaching our children that that is not the case.  They are teaching that only politically correct thought should be allowed.

Recent surveys showed that less than half of Republicans and Democrats believed you should have the right to think and speak as you choose.  53% of Independents believed you should have that right (a right that is guaranteed by the First Amendment).  While it was good to see that at least the majority (by a small margin) of Independents get it, what's scary is that even the group with the most people believing in those freedoms only had just over half of the people agreeing with these rights.  So, about half of our country no longer believes that you have the right to believe and speak as you choose.

Years ago the Nazis fought in court for the right to march in Skokie, IL, a predominantly Jewish suburb of Chicago.  Few people remember the case and of those who do, most remember it incorrectly.  The Nazis won their court battle, although they never actually marched.  But their right was critically important because if they didn't have the right to believe and speak those beliefs freely (even though those beliefs are disgusting), then everyone was in danger of losing that right.

When the Holocaust occurred in Nazi Germany, not enough people stood up and fought.  By the time each group realized the Nazis were coming for them, it was too late because they didn't stand up for the rights of others.  Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller said it best when he said:

  "In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up."

Are you willing to stand for freedom, or just let it dwindle away?  The churches in Houston need every American's support.