The world surely is about to end!!
Apparently, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has had its feathers ruffled because some coaches at Washington Co. High School, in Chatom, Ala., participated in the baptism in May of 18 football players at/near the school’s football field.
Pass the Pepto-Bismol® because I think I’m gonna be nauseous.
Such a horrendously offensive act! One would think that the good Sheriff of Washington County would have rounded up all of the violators and jailed them by now!
Over what, you ask?
CONSTITUTIONALLY AND LEGALLY EXPRESSING THEIR GOD-GIVEN, FOUNDING-FATHERS GRANTED, VETERAN-BLOOD BOUGHT RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF RELIGION?
How ridiculous can we get in a country that was founded on JUDEO-CHRISTIAN values??? (And oh yes ... that is a provable fact which I have written about many times.)
According to the story, which was picked up by the Fox News Channel, the football players walked into a livestock feeding trough filled with water from a garden hose, as a local pastor baptized them “in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”.
But this totally awesome, positive, character-building activity, which was applauded by those in attendance — and now, me personally — obviously P.O.ed at least one resident in the small town of less than 1,200, who viewed it as a negative and somehow dire threat to his/her own freedom.
Not really sure how dunking some teenagers in a tub of water can pose such danger, but apparently it is a grievous offense in the eyes of some.
Now let me say this ... I am familiar with the small town of Chatom, and Washington County, Alabama ... located just south of where I grew up, spent most of my life, and where my wife and I have owned/operated a newspaper for the past 15 years, so I know the folks there ... they are good, solid citizens who, for the most part, trust in God, obey the law, and are patriotic defenders of freedom.
Apparently one of them complained to the Wisconsin watchdogs.
Not sure that the FFRF realizes this or not, but we in the deep south generally don’t give a rat’s toenail or lose much sleep about what some bunch from north of the Mason-Dixon line thinks, especially those who condemn and attempt to tear down our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to freely express our faith.
As a newspaper reporter, editor and publisher (now in my 40th year of that profession), and also as a licensed, ordained minister, I personally have, on many occasions, been asked to open dozens of public meetings with prayer. Once I had the high honor of opening a session of the Alabama State Legislature with prayer.
GOD BLESS PUBLIC OFFICIALS WHO STILL ISSUE SUCH INVITATIONS. (And — FYI, I will gladly continue to do so anytime an invitation is extended.)
The FFRF, which is dedicated to the “separation of church and state”, sent a letter to the superintendent of Washington Co. Schools demanding an investigation, claiming that it is “illegal for coaches to organize or participate in religious activities with students, including baptisms.”
If I were that superintendent, I would politely tell FFRF what it could do with its ridiculous “complaint”.
What we need to be investigating is the swarm of illegal thugs, murderers, rapists and other assorted troublemaking ILLEGALS that are invading across our Southern border right now, and the gaggle of spineless Cluelesscrats in Washington who waste time and millions of borrowed tax dollars pursuing a witch hunt against a President who has done more for America in two years than Barack Hussein Obama did in eight, and the unconstitutional ruling that has allowed the cold-blooded mass murder of 60+ million innocent unborn CHILDREN since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was shoved down our throats by the majority of justices on an equally spineless SCOTUS at the time.
THAT’S what needs investigating, not some strong, courageous, young men of character, backbone and integrity who weren’t ashamed to stand up and be publically baptized into their faith, and their coaches who were willing to proudly stand by their side while it happened!!!!!
A deputy general counsel for First Liberty Institute, Jeremy Dys, told Fox that the group’s “shaming high school kids ... is pathetic and needs to stop”.
It is pathetic because the gross ignorance and misinformation that is disseminated today about the so-called “separation of church and state” clause in the First Amendment is mind-boggling.
“The Constitution never requires people of faith to hide themselves from public view,” Dys said to Fox. “In fact, the ability of students and members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to freely exercise their faith in public is the very essence of the First Amendment.”
All one has to do is read the First Amendment. If one has at least a sixth-grade education, the document is self explanatory and does not require a dozen lawyers to interpret.
For those who need a refresher course, here is, word for word, what that first of the 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, also known as the Bill of Rights, says, and I quote:
”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Let’s break that down.
What it says is that CONGRESS (the SENATE and HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES) shall pass no law that establishes a formal “state” religion, nor can CONGRESS (the SENATE and HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES) PROHIBIT or PREVENT any American citizen — student, teacher, coach or otherwise — from freely exercising his/her belief in a higher power ... ON OR OFF CAMPUS.
I am not aware of any bill ever introduced or passed by CONGRESS that dictated a specific faith one must adhere to. Nor, may I add, has CONGRESS ever legislated that one sheds his/her religious rights, or is forbidden from taking part in such activities, anytime they step onto a football field, or inside the doors of a School House, Court House, State House, or the White House.
HOW MUCH SIMPLER AND CLEARER could a document be?
Apparently, though, it is over the heads of some who just can’t seem to, or choose to not, wrap their heads around the timeless truth that the majority of our Founding Fathers were men of faith. We can read that in their handwritten letters that reside today in the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Many of the precepts embodied in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution are deeply rooted in Old Testament, Judeo-Christian beliefs.
But while our poor nation faces a slew of honest-to-goodness problems, our school officials have to waste their time, money and legal resources to fight unnecessary crap like this?
GOD help us.
Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, FFRF.
That’s my view. What say you?