Plano Texas Politics

August 27, 2009

Is Religion under Attack?

Filed under: National News — jdalley @ 5:19 pm

Prayer Under Fire in North Texas City
Recently, the City of North Richland Hills (near Fort Worth) received a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, an organization whose goal is to remove religious expression from the public square.  The City’s Council meetings begin with prayer, which does not usually refer to God or Jesus specifically, but is often closed by the phrase “In His Name” or “In Your Name.”  Following a complaint from one citizen, FFRF has taken it upon itself to punish a city for engaging in voluntary, constitutionally-permitted prayer before important meetings.  We are in communication with the city. This is just one more example of the extreme left’s attempt to stifle religious free speech.  Sound off on this issue on our blog! Should city hall meetings include prayer?

Don’t Tear Me Down Keeps Growing!
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Christmas in August: Candy Cane Case Argued Today
Free Market Foundation attorneys just finished giving oral arguments in the infamous “candy cane case” at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.  The case began in 2003 when students in the Plano Independent School District were stopped from handing out candy cane pens with a religious message, banned from writing “Merry Christmas” on cards to soldiers overseas, stopped from giving invitations to church events to classmates, and not allowed to wear red and green.  Attorneys opposing the students are arguing for less protection for students and that students don’t have First Amendment rights.  Please pray for a favorable outcome affirming our children’s right to non-disruptive free speech, which includes sharing their faith.

Whether you are christian or not I am sure that your religion is under attack in some way. We must make sure that we retain our freedom of religion. We need to protect this freedom with everything we have. We must not let the government gain anymore control over religion. We have to keep America a free nation in all ways.

~James Dalley

~With Special thanks to the Free Market Foundation at freemarket.org

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5 Comments »

  1. Since when is atheism lefty? I’m a free market supporter and an atheist. I find the idea of prayer meetings in councils offensive because it basically says “This town does not welcome outsiders”.

    There’s too much God in Republican politics these days.

    Comment by deeplybored — August 28, 2009 @ 8:39 am | Reply

    • First off, I have nothing against atheism. If you want to be atheist that that is okay. I am not offended by atheists, but I am when they try to remove my religion, which is part of American history, from my actions and from monuments. We need to have freedom of religion in America so that some my practice atheism, others christianity, others, judaism, others muslim, etc.
      ~James Dalley

      Comment by jdalley — August 28, 2009 @ 10:46 am | Reply

  2. Nobody’s trying to remove your religion. Your religion is *your* religion, it’s not *our* religion.

    If your city council is enshrining your religion as part of government business then what you are doing is placing *your* religion above mine (or my lack of) that’s infringing on my freedom to not have your cultural values imposed on me.

    I bet you would not have this issue if a Muslim-leaning city council was asked not to call to prayer at the start of its meetings. You would feel, rightly that that was imposing its culture on you.

    The way I see it is simple: You’re either for freedom or you’re not. This blog, and many like it, seem to want to play a game of pick-and-choose. Freedom from health reform. But not freedom for women to choose abortions. Freedom of expression. But not freedom to express in terms you don’t like (such as burning copies of the constitution as part of an art project). Freedom of religion. As long as it’s your religion.

    Republicanism is a mess of contradictions and craziness these days and that’s why the majority have moved away from it in recent years toward the Democrats. I’m a free marketeer, an Independent, and I’m currently a Democrat voter because the D’s these days are the ones that talk sense and talk about how they want to do things while keeping everyone’s freedoms and rights intact.

    Comment by deeplybored — August 31, 2009 @ 11:52 am | Reply

    • I will simply respond to your accusation against me. I stand for all religions, from Muslim, to Hinduism, to Christianity. I believe that EVERYONE needs religious freedom. I do not object to the Muslims leaving classes in high school to have go say their prayers, and I would fight for them just as much as I fight for Christian children to have “A moment of silence” as it is called here in the Plano Schools, where they are free to pray as they see fit or to not pray if that is their choice. I believe that everyone should be free to practice their own religion, no matter what religion it is.

      Comment by jdalley — September 1, 2009 @ 11:01 am | Reply

  3. That does not answer the question:

    Just because you stands for all religions does that mean it is right that one of them is represented in an official capacity? That is what you are advocating. You are saying you want your religion recognised and you don’t mind if other children leave class to go practise theirs. That is segregation.

    It does not answer me or my children’s rights to NOT HAVE TO LEAVE THE ROOM because you want to practise your religion in my kids’ schools. That’s why it’s fine for you to pray in your churches and temples and nobody has a problem with that. If I don’t want my kids in your religion they don’t attend your church. Simple.

    That does not make it ok for you to take your religion out of your church and impinge on my freedom, or obligate my children to leave class, or be segregated, marked out as different, in a state body that is supposed to serve all of the people. To claim that is “free” is a perversion of the word. It’s the exact opposite of free.

    Comment by deeplybored — September 5, 2009 @ 6:47 am | Reply


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