A federal court ruled Wednesday that Congress can continue to open its sessions each day with a prayer, and upheld the House’s ability to pick and choose who’s allowed to lead the prayer. U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, a Bush appointee who sits in Washington, D.C., rejected a challenge by Daniel Barker, co-president of Freedom From Religion Foundation, who said he was not permitted to give an opening invocation, even though other guest chaplains have been permitted. Judge Collyer said House rules didn’t permit him to lead the prayer because he had left his faith. Judge Collyer also said an opening prayer has been a tradition in this country for more than two centuries, and the Supreme Court has ruled it doesn’t violate the Establishment Clause. “To decide that Mr. Barker was discriminated against and should be permitted to address the House would be to disregard the Supreme Court precedent that permits legislative prayer,” Judge Collyer wrote in her opinion on Wednesday. Mr. Barker said her ruling was tainted by personal bias against nonreligious people. “The judge’s acquiescence in this inequity sends a crystal clear message that our government, founded upon our entirely secular Constitution, may discriminate with impunity against atheists and freethinkers,” he said. But House Speaker Paul D. Ryan applauded the ruling. “Since the first session of the Continental Congress, our nation’s legislature has opened with a prayer to God. Today, that tradition was upheld and the freedom to exercise religion was vindicated,” said Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican. He added the return of Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, Louisiana Republican, who was shot earlier this year by a left wing zealot, reminded Congress of the power of prayer.
Indeed.. This ruling was spot on, and with precedent from the Supreme Court. This idiot from FFRF got slapped down, and rightfully so. This is a small, yet important, victory for religious freedom, and for freedom of speech. As we’ve documented on numerous occasions here at The Daily Buzz… The whole notion of a “separation of church and state” is bs. There is no such thing. That phrase originated in a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the members of a church where he raised the idea in a philosophical sense. That’s it. Nowhere in our founding legal documents (i.e. The U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc.) is that phrase found. Our founders intended freedom OF religion; NOT freedom FROM religion. Kudos to Judge Collyer for her spot-on analysis, and excellent ruling!
First they came for the wedding planners and the bakers. Then they came for the Catholic farmers and the Baptist high school valedictorians. And now, the secularists are coming after the evangelical public servants. On Wednesday, Russell Vought, President Trump’s nominee to be deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, was viciously attacked by Sen. Bernie Sanders over his Christian faith. Sen. Sanders deemed Vought unsuitable for office because he believes that salvation is found alone through Jesus Christ. He said someone with that kind of a religious belief system is “really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.” Sen. James Lankford warned that Sander’s comments “dangerously close to crossing a clear constitutional line for how we evaluate qualifications for public service.” “The First Amendment is crystal clear that the federal government must protect every American’s right to the peaceful and free exercise of religion,” the Oklahoma Republican said. “We cannot say we have the free exercise of religion and also require people to practice their faith only in a way that government officials prefer.” The Vermont senator’s comments brought strong condemnation from Christians across the nation – including Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. “Senator Sanders is taking the Obama era’s religious hostility and putting it on steroids,” Perkins said. Thousands have signed a Family Research Council petition demanding Sanders apologize for his outburst of religious bigotry. Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas (and a Fox News contributor), said that there are only two choices for the senator: “Apologize to the country for his foolhardy attempt to introduce an unconstitutional litmus test that would exclude 41 percent of the country, or resign.” The controversy stems from an article Vought wrote in 2016 defending his alma mater, Wheaton College. In that article, he described Islam as a “deficient theology.” “This is a fundamental problem,” he wrote in The Resurgent. “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.” Sanders confronted Vought during the congressional hearing. To read a transcript of the exchange been Sen. Sanders and Russell Vought, click here.
Wow.. You really can’t make this stuff up, folks.. We all know how much of a lunatic, crazy ol’ Bernie is. But, now we can add the adjective bigot to the list. Isn’t ironic how the left is also preaching how we all need to be more “tolerant”.. But, when it comes to Christians, the left is VERY intolerant.. If you’re a Christian, you can’t have a job in government. That is essentially what Bernie is suggesting. So what if he this guy thinks Islam is a “deficient theology” (which, by the way, it is). Who cares? That has NOTHING to do with the time of day, or the job for which he is being considered. Oh.. and what about that First Amendment to the Constitution? Christians (who make up over 70% of Americans, according to the last census) are entitled to it’s protections. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) was more than right to slam Bernie for hiss outrageous questions and bigoted grandstanding. Unreal..
It’s apparently okay to read history books at Northern Arizona University, but not the Good Book. Mark Holden, a 22-year-old history major, tells me he was ordered to leave a lecture hall after his professor objected to him reading the Bible before the start of the class. Holden alleges that Professor Heather Martel ordered him to put away the Good Book around six minutes before a scheduled history class. It’s unclear why she objected to the reading of God’s Word. According to her biography, Professor Martel is a noted scholar who is working on an essay titled, “The Gender Amazon: Indigenous Female Masculinity in Early Modern European Representations of Contact.” She also teaches classes on Global Queer History and Feminist Theory. When Holden declined to stop reading his Bible, the professor summoned Derek Heng, the chairman of the department. Heng then proceeded to explain the situation. Holden recorded the conversation and turned it over to congressional candidate Kevin Cavanaugh. In turn, Cavanaugh provided me with a copy of the audio. “So Professor Martel says that she doesn’t want you sitting in front of her because you put, you know, a Bible out, right?” Heng said. “So she doesn’t want me in the front because I have my Bible out,” Holden replied. “No, I think she, I mean, well why do you have your Bible out anyway,” Heng asked. After a bit more back and forth regarding the dynamics in the classroom, the chairman of the department got to the heart of the issue. “So, will you, will you, will you, put your Bible away,” Heng asked. The incident occurred back in February, but just recently became public after Campus Reform reported on the controversy. Holden had previously drawn the ire of his professor during a classroom discussion on assimilation. “All the students agreed with her that assimilation is oppressive and evil,” Holden said. “I suggested there are both positive and negative aspects to assimilation.” As an example, he referenced a report about two Muslim men in California who reportedly said the Koran justified doing terrible things to women. “She told me I was a racist and she would not tolerate that kind of racism in the class,” Holden said. “I told her Islam was not a race and I was only talking about what the two Muslims men as individuals said – I was not making broad claims about Islam or my interpretation of the Koran.” After a bit of back and forth, Holden said the professor told the class, “Welcome to Trump’s new America – where straight white males can say prejudicial things without being reprimanded for it.” I reached out to Holden and university officials for their side of the story – but so far they have not returned my calls. However, I did obtain an email Martel sent to Holden warning him about “disruptive behavior.” “For the remainder of the class, I will ask you to move to one of the desks along the wall by the door,” she wrote. “The roll sheet will be passed to you. You will make sure that students who come in late sign in. I will also require that you respect me and the other students in the class by acting in a civil manner.”
Soo.. At a publicly funded university in AZ, a professor is openly attacking one of her students for reading a Bible BEFORE class, and then goes on to attack his race (white) in front of the rest of the class, thereby humiliating him…and then penalizes the poor kid for having the nerve to question her liberal orthodoxy regarding assimilation. Wow.. This professor should be suspended, and the kid apologized to in writing by that professor. To read the rest of this investigative piece by culture warrior Todd Starnes, and hear that recording in question, click on the text above. This type of political correctness should NOT be tolerated on our colleges and universities. And, if this crap continues, tax-payer funding should be withheld.