Here at The Christian Republic we’ve been reporting on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s outright assault on religious freedom in America. Although they typically target schools, towns and government entities with their hatred of Christians… yes, Christians, (I’ll explain that in a moment); this takes their mission to a whole new level.
We’ve always believed that the secularists in America would never stop at just running God out of public schools, which they have been largely successful at, but they would eventually start targeting us, the individual with these same tactics of intimidation through litigation.
This time they are targeting the Willow Springs Water Park because they offered a defined discount for church groups. Anyone associated with a church group could get into the park for $5 per person.
According to the FFRF’s website:
When Leifel Jackson, executive director of the charitable Reaching Our Children and Neighborhoods (ROCAN), asked the water park if the discount would extend to his non-profit. Jackson was told that ROCAN could not receive the discount because it is not a church group.
John Wolff, who is an atheist, filed the complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission against Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia.
Wolff said the practice discriminates against him because he does not attend church.
“I did this not out of spite, but out of a feeling against the prevailing self-righteousness that stems from religion, particularly in Lancaster County,” said Wolff, a retired electrical engineer.
Here’s the thing, businesses have the right to offer discounts to a market share however they’d like. For example, bars often offer free drinks to women to attract them to their establishment which attracts more men who are paying customers. Yet, you don’t see men up in arms decrying that they’ve been discriminated against because that would be plain stupid.
So first of all a business has the right in America to offer discounts or specials to any market share they intend to attract to their establishment.
Second, a business is owned by people and in America (at least for now) we have the right to express our views under the First Amendment in any way we choose. If burning the American flag is considered free speech and boycotting a restaurant because they express their views is the same, then clearly a discount could easily fall under the same freedom.
The bottom line is that these secularist organizations are out of control and are taking control of our freedom through litigious action and not through policy making. It is a bully tactic that will continue until the American people stand up to it like they did in Athens Texas.
Now let me answer the statement above. The FFRF, ACLU and others tout that they are protecting the Constitutional rights of the minority opinion by taking on all of these government entities over separation of church and state but I contend that a more accurate description is separation of Christianity and Judaism and state.
We reported on a Massachusetts school that actively promoted and closed in observance of a Muslim holiday and there was not one word that came out of ANY secularist about it. It was a well documented story but not a peep, no decries of First Amendment violations, the ACLU nor the FFRF sought out a defendant in that case, they were content to let it alone but try that with a Christian or Jewish holiday and see what would happen.
According to FFRF’s website these are their successes:
- Winning the first federal lawsuit challenging direct funding by the government of a faith-based agency
- Overturning a state Good Friday holiday, Good Friday plaintiffs included Foundation staff and state employees.
- Winning a lawsuit barring direct taxpayer subsidy of religious schools
- Removing Ten Commandments monuments and crosses from public land
- Halting the Post Office from issuing religious cancellations
- Ending 51 years of illegal bible instruction in public schools
- Winning the first court order to a U.S. Cabinent revoking federal funds to a pervasively sectarian agency
- Halting federal funds to a bible school offering no academic classes
- Ending “parish nursing” faith/health entanglements at two state universities
- Halting a government chaplaincy to minister to state workers
Christians, if we don’t stand up for Christ against the enemies of God; who will? God uses people to do His work, not lightning bolts from heaven! It’s time to make a difference for Christ by standing up for who we are as a nation. We are The Christian Republic not because we force people to be Christians, but because our Founders shaped this nation on Biblical principles with the intentions of being the long lasting hope to the world and we can be again by standing up for what we believe!