GOP Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson vowed to wage a war on what he called "PC police" before the Free Chapel megachurch in Gainesville, Georgia, on Sunday morning. He also described America's relationship with faith as "schizophrenia," noting that faith-positive messages are displayed on U.S. currency, yet there is an aversion to talk about religion.
"The pledge of allegiance to our flag says we are one nation under God. Many courtrooms in the land, on the wall it says 'In God We Trust.' Every coin in our pocket, every bill in our wallet says 'In God We Trust,'" Carson told the thousands who came to listen to his speech at the megachurch, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
"So if it's in our founding documents, it's in our pledges, in our courts and it's on our money, but we're not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that? In medicine it's called schizophrenia. And I, for one, am simply not willing to kick God to the curb." more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has claimed that Islamic indoctrination is growing into a "nationwide epidemic," based on several cases of public school students allegedly being taught Islamic ideology. The conservative law group said that as many as 7,000 Tennessee residents have called to complain about students being require to learn the Five Pillars of Islam.
"For the last several years, parents from across the country have contacted the ACLJ — from California to Maine — concerned about the teaching of Islam in their local schools. It seems that many schools may be going well beyond simply teaching about a religion. From disparate treatment of religions, to distortion of truth, the teaching of Islam seems entrenched with problems," the ACLJ wrote in a statement shared with The Christian Post on Thursday.
According to the law group, students in Tennessee and Georgia have been told to recite an Islamic conversion creed, while in one Nashville middle school students were reportedly told to write "Allah is the only God," the Daily Caller reported in September. more >>
Evangelical preacher Franklin Graham has compared the removal of Ten Commandments monuments from public property in the U.S. to the Islamic State terror group tearing down Christian symbols across the Middle East.
"We have been appalled at news reports of ISIS and the Islamic State tearing down all symbols of Christianity in the Middle East; but think about it — we're doing it to ourselves here in the U.S. Atheists, activists, and anti-God groups like the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Military Freedom of Religion Foundation are on a quest to erase or tear down anything associated with the Name of Jesus Christ," Graham wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.
This Christmas season the nation's largest atheist group is planning to unveil a display to rival a Nativity scene at an Indiana Courthouse as part of its ongoing legal effort to have the Christian feature removed from public property.
"The Freedom From Religion Foundation will display a Bill of Rights 'nativity' and a winter solstice banner this year in Franklin County to counter a Nativity scene that has stood alone on public property for 50 years," the organization announced in late September.
"During the course of litigation, the county decided that rather than stay neutral on religion, it would open a public forum for displays, and passed an ordinance regulating the use of its lawn by community residents and organizations." more >>
Ben Carson has been applauded and derided for his statement that he could not support a Muslim for U.S. president unless such a candidate denounced Sharia law.
Carson later broadened his view, stating he would not support a theocrat of any faith.
Even with that clarification, Carson could have gone further. more >>
The beginning of American law, the concepts of independence and freedom, is rooted in the belief that moral absolutes exist within a universal standard of justice independent from political rulers. The Judeo-Christian faith is not separate from but foundational to just and fair public policies that encourage human flourishing.
More than 2,000 Bible verses teach civics, providing examples of good and evil rulers, judges, and political authorities. These instructions on civics are informed by approximately 500 verses on salvation, 400 on hell, and 250 on heaven — with the overall foundation that right living best leads to a peaceful, thriving society.
Six of the Ten Commandments specifically define civil law. The western concept and definition of murder, manslaughter, theft, assault, marriage, birth, and other civil and criminal matters are defined and ascribed judicial punishment under Mosaic law. Religious freedom and self-governance are defined in the First Commandment, family governance in the Second, private property rights in the Fifth, and a fair trial with witnesses in the Sixth. more >>