Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Religious Freedom Scorecard - Liberty 2, Suppression 1

I like to think that by tracing some of these instances where religious liberties are being called into question and...carried into court, that it will serve to embolden Christians to take a stand for our constitutional rights and to recognize the rich religious heritage that we have, which our laws were designed to uphold.

I have 3 situations to share -
#1 - Gainesville, Florida. A Christian-based fraternity, Beta Upsilon Chi ("Brothers Under Christ"), desired to be recognized officially on the campus of the University of Florida. However, the university refused to do so. Recently, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a ruling in favor of BYX, and the fraternity's Executive Director, Jason Hoyt, came on The Meeting House to talk about it.


You can find out more about the fraternity by going to www.betaupsilon.chi.org.

#2 - Fredericksburg, Virginia. In this Southern city, a city councilman, who also is a local minister, desired to participate in the prayer rotation at the council meetings AND close his prayers in the name of Jesus. The council adopted a policy allowing only non-sectarian prayers, and the minister filed suit. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, including former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor, ruled against the minister. I was joined by former navy Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, who discussed this case with me:


You can discover more about this and the case I am about to highlight by going to www.prayinjesusname.org.

#3 - Baker City, Oregon. The City Council in this city took a look at its policy allowing only "non-sectarian" prayer to open its meetings, and decided to strike that requirements. Here again is Chaplain Klingenschmitt:


To download these 2 full interviews, you can go the Intersection Download Center at www.meetinghouseonline.info and find the .mp3 on the alphabetized list. Stay tuned to The Meeting House for regular updates concerning our religious liberties in America.

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