A 78-year-old cross on public property in Florida targeted by atheist groups will remain standing after a victory in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruled Wednesday that the Bayview Cross in Pensacola, which was built ahead of World War II as a place for the community to gather, does not violate the Constitution. “The Supreme Court has now made clear that religious symbols are an important part of our nation’s history and culture,” Luke Goodrich, vice president and senior counsel at Becket, said in a statement. The federal appeals court ruled the cross is constitutional, noting it has become “embedded in the fabric of the Pensacola community” and that removing it could “strike many as aggressively hostile to religion.” Four individuals, represented by the American Humanist Association and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, sued the city in 2016, demanding the cross be torn down. Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson celebrated the ruling. “Pensacola is a historic city with a rich and diverse history. The Bayview Cross is an important part of that history as a symbol of our community’s coming together during a national crisis,” Robinson said. “Today the citizens of Pensacola will celebrate our long-awaited victory and the preservation of the Bayview Cross.” The decision came after the June 2019 Supreme Court’s landmark religious liberty case, American Legion v. American Humanist Association, in which First Liberty Institute successfully defended the World War I memorial cross in Bladensburg, Md. “The Supreme Court made clear in The American Legion decision that the days of governments roaming the land to scrub all public symbols of faith are over,” Mike Berry, general counsel to First Liberty Institute, said. “We’re thrilled to see our victory in that case already making an impact and protecting religious freedom across the country.” Monica Miller, American Humanist Association legal director and senior counsel, said the group is exploring all their options, calling it a “devastating blow” to the Establishment Clause.
Oh WHAAAA Monica! This is an OUTSTANDING decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and one we should ALL be celebrating. It is a clear and decisive victory for our religious freedoms. Despite what these whining atheists would have you believe, the 1st Amendment only says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..” Our founders who wrote that had fled religious persecution in Great Britain where there was an official national religion. So, they wanted to make sure that there was no official religion of the United States. BUT, our founders didn’t want religion (especially Christianity) banned from the public, or from our public schools…which is where that second part comes in. In other words, we have freedom OF religion, but not freedom FROM religion. Thank God.
President Trump was right when he ripped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney for their comments on faith surrounding the impeachment trial at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning, First Baptist Church pastor Robert Jeffress told Fox News. “[Trump] absolutely hates phoniness…and the president thinks there’s something inherently phony about saying that you’re praying for him while you’re working 24/7 to destroy him,” the author of “Courageous: 10 Strategies for Thriving in a Hostile World,” told “Fox & Friends” Friday. “And, by the way, the Bible supports his skepticism,” the Dallas pastor added, quoting James: “We shouldn’t be blessing and cursing at the same time.” At Thursday’s prayer breakfast after being acquitted by the Senate, Trump, referring to Romney and Pelosi, said, “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong, nor do I like people who say, ‘I pray for you’ when they know that that’s not so.” Pelosi, who was four seats away when Trump made the comment, responded during her weekly press conference. “He’s talking about things he knows little about — faith and prayer,” Pelosi said. After someone told Trump that Jesus commands us to “love our enemies,” he asked Jeffress what the pastor thought about it. “I said, ‘Mr. President, to love your enemies means to want God’s best for them, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to be unified with them. Truth divides people.” “As long as this president speaks truth — especially about the sanctity of life, religious liberty — the Left is going to continue to hate him,” he said. “They’re going to continue to try to destroy him, and they’re not going to be holding hands with him singing kumbaya.” On Romney, who became the first senator in U.S. history to vote in favor of removing a president from his own party from office, Jeffress said, “I can understand why the president would think the decision was based more on self-promotion and bitterness than it was prayer.” “Mitt Romney has had vitriol against this president for years,” he explained. “It’s obvious he’s bitter that the American people rejected him two times for president and President Trump was able to do something he wasn’t.” Trump’s evangelical support, a key part of his conservative base, is steady with a 71 percent approval rating, according to the latest Fox News poll. “This impeachment process has really mobilized his evangelical base,” the pastor said, predicting a “landslide” in November. “I believe that evangelical turnout will be greater than even the historic turnout in 2016.”
Kudos to President Trump for calling out Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) for their nauseating, self-serving, self-righteous, and brazen hypocrisy….and hiding behind religion for their own self-serving reasons. And, extra kudos to Pastor Jeffress for having the courage to support Trump in that regard. It’s about time we had people of faith calling it as they see it. Excellent! 🙂