Censorship of prayers during Memorial Day observances once again plagued Christian believers as atheists and secular humanists did all they could to suppress religious freedom. Typically graduation exercises are also convenient targets of those hating religious expression.
Pastor Scott Rainey who pastors Living Word Church of the Nazarene in Houston, Texas was invited to a Memorial Day observance at the Houston National Cemetery by the Veterans Administration who then wanted to preview what Pastor Rainey was going to say.
The Veterans Administration told Pastor Rainey that he could not pray in Jesus’ Name which naturally offended Pastor Rainey.
“I have never said a prayer in my life where I didn’t end it saying, ‘In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, amen,'” Pastor Rainey said in an interview to Christian Broadcast Network (CBN).
It just goes to show that tolerance and inclusiveness does not extend to Christian believers if they attempt to pray according to the Christian religious standards set by Christian beliefs.
Graduation ceremonies are used to suppress the religious expression of Christians as a matter of educational policy in many school districts.
Angela Hildenbrand faced the very real possibility of going to jail for her faith. The trouble began when a liberal federal judge ruled that no one at her Texas high school could pray or even use words like “prayer” or “amen” during the 2011 graduation ceremonies.
As class valedictorian, Hildenbrand felt God deserved the praise, even if it meant jail for her. Fortunately one day before her graduation ceremony, an appeals court overruled the judge and instructed Hildenbrand she could pray and say whatever she wanted.
“I thank You for Your great love for us and for our great nation, where we are free,” she prayed at her graduation. “And it’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”
The atheists, secular humanists, and a liberal judge did not like it, but it is irrelevant that they did not like it. The focus was allowing Hildenbrand to say what she wanted as valedictorian of the school without being muzzled by those with a hatred of religious expression. The First Amendment applies to high school students exiting high school.
According to a report of the Religious Institute, there have been over 640 cases of religious intolerance being pushed by atheists, secular humanists, and renegade legalists that attempt to run roughshod over religious rights simply because of a dislike for religion. It’s fine if those disliking religion do so, but they extend their bias by trying to control what others express or believe.
Many times those hating Christianity will go out of way to disrespect Christianity in the name of education. One college professor encouraged students in a classroom to “stomp on the name of Jesus” under the pretext of doing a classroom assignment. Respect for Christianity is not being demonstrated in these liberal educational courses claiming interfaith understanding.
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) also takes an active role of combatting prejudice against religious expression. According to senior counsel Jay Sekelow, there are scores of clients filing suit against organizations including the federal government for abridging the religious rights of both individuals and organizations.