Religious liberty is relentlessly under attack.
As the country becomes more secularized, people of faith are being checked in many ways.
Now these Christian students were forced to sue the government for an unbelievable reason.
Four Christian students from Wheaton College were barred from preaching in Millennium Park, a major public park in Chicago.
At first, the students were preaching and handing out literature, then they were told by security personnel they couldn’t hand out anything.
The students stopped doing so, but continued preaching.
They were again confronted by security and told they couldn’t preach, either.
The students sued on the grounds that their First Amendment rights were being violated.
The city’s absurd argument went as follows:
“The City views the Park as a unique space— one that showcases world-class art, music, architecture, and landscape design. Accordingly, the City enacted restrictions it claims protects the Park’s aesthetic integrity.”
So the city of Chicago argued that since the design of the park had been curated, allowing students to preach in the mark must be stopped.
The judge in the case sided with the four Christian students, and drove a truck through the city’s absurd argument:
“Indeed, if a ‘curated design’ were enough to transform the nature of the forum, any park with a statue could lose its First Amendment protections. The law precludes this absurd result.”
The judge is absolutely right.
Chicago’s law could lead to chilling censorship.
Sadly, these are the kinds of legal battles Christians are facing on a daily basis.
Leftists are incredibly hostile toward Christianity, and as the Left has amassed more and more cultural power, they’re using it as a cudgel against Christians.
The Left wants to force Christian bakers, florists, and photographers to service same-sex weddings against their religious beliefs.
Anti-Christian activists want to bar student athletes from engaging in prayer with their coaches.
They’ve even argued that religious schools should lose their nonprofit status for affirming traditional values.
The framers of the Constitution didn’t want the establishment of a national religion, but that’s precisely what people on the Left want – they want the Church of Leftist Ideology to supersede all.
Religion is arguably the best bulwark against the Left’s radical progressive agenda that seeks to dismantle all societal norms.
Thankfully, the judge in this Chicago case didn’t bend the knee to the radicals, which shouldn’t be an accomplishment.
But too many activist judges are willing to sacrifice their integrity to the Church of Leftist Ideology.
Will the city of Chicago attempt to find another way to stop Christians from preaching in Millennium Park?
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