By this point, if you are paying attention at all, you’ve heard about the student at Florida Atlantic University that was being reprimanded for refusing to “stomp” on the name of Jesus in a class exercise citing it goes against his religious beliefs.
After having academic charges filed against him a few days ago by the University, claiming the student, Ryan Rotela, was in violation of a slew of transgressions, “including an alleged violation of the student code of conduct, acts of verbal, written or physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or other conduct which threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person,” the University has now dropped all charges and allowed him to return to class.
Why exactly? I believe because of pressure and an impending investigation from the state and that pesky little thing called public outrage. A lot of public outrage including heavy hitters like Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly.
It leads me, however, to pose the question, why was an obvious religious right so easily, well, for lack of a better term, stomped on once again?
Even though this incident turned out favorably take for example an Alabama school banning the word “Easter” this week. Heritage Elementary School will be having an “academic egg hunt” instead of an Easter egg hunt.
Lydia Davenport, the principle of Heritage Elementary, told WHNT News, “Kids love the bunny, and we just make sure we don’t say ‘the Easter bunny’ so that we don’t infringe on the rights of others because people relate the Easter bunny to religion.”
She’s kidding right?
I’m sorry but the last thing I believe is religious about Easter is the bunny part.
That’s beside the point, the real point being, the rights of those who believe in Easter on a religious level are having their rights infringed upon by being forbidden to say the word.
Why are the rights of those who don’t believe more important or valid than those of us who do?
I’ll never forget my first “Christmas concert” I attended at my children’s elementary school. It was many years ago and it was a public school. The concert began with secular “winter” songs. They moved on to some beautiful Jewish Hanukkah songs and finished with a few Kwanza songs.
It was the last concert my kids ever had at that school. They attempted to include everybody, offend no one, except Christians. Parents were understandably upset so they cancelled the concerts all together.
That’s the way it is now. In an attempt to never offend anyone, they are setting up a culture of division and exclusion.
You will NEVER be able to please all the people all the time.
I wish it were as simple as an agenda about pleasing people. Sadly, it’s not.
Chrisitanity has been under attack for quite some time. I could write volumes on it. Even as recently as Obamacare forcing religious institutions to purchase birth control for it’s employees. Which fully infringes upon our First Amendment right that “prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion and impeding the free exercise of religion“.
But it’s also the direct shift the Left has been taking our society away from personal responsibility. No longer are we teaching children to be responsible for their own feelings and issues. Suddenly it’s not our choice on how to react to things around us, we are a big nation of victims. You say the word “Easter” and I’m offended. You make me stomp on my God and somehow I’m the bad guy for refusing.
The attacks on religion will continue.
Get ready for an entirely new slew of attacks on religious rights as the battle for same-sex marriage allows for the Government to infringe upon their beliefs. Already businesses and churches have been sued for not wanting to be involved in same sex marriages.
In an article yesterday in Red State they cite several examples including:
Christian photographers Elane Photography in New Mexico were approached by a same sex couple looking to hire a wedding photographer. Elane Photography politely declined citing their Christian faith and were sued by the couple under the state’s anti-discriminatory laws, and won. In New Mexico you apparently have no right to your free expression and practice of faith any longer.
A Methodist church in New Jersey was sued for not offering its facility for use during same sex weddings. A judge ruled against them.
Nothing is as it seems. The Freedom of religion is not a lesser right, it’s just the more socially acceptable place to start to rob you of ALL your freedoms.
This is about control and the loss of Freedom. Period. The more control the Government has the less Freedom you and your children will have. It’s all under the guise of “protecting others” and the greater good. And for those of you who believe it will stop at your Freedom of religion you are sadly mistaken.