These Christian students were forced to sue the government for an unbelievable reason

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 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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  2. The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion (meaning the government can’t favor one religion over another) nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof (people are free to believe or disbelieve in whatever they want, the government is laissez-faire on all belief and disbelief).”

    I told pro-life Christian friends, Jim and Liza Frey, that Nativity scenes are fine on private property, but on public property, it sends the wrong message to religious minorities (including atheists and agnostics). It tells them the government is favoring one set of beliefs over another. It tells them they are not welcome here and that their faith isn’t as important as the majority faith.

    It’s coercion when it forces the government to recognize an establishment of religion. There’s a difference between Christians holding a rally in Balboa Park in San Diego proclaiming “In Christ we trust” versus placing their belief in God as a state-sponsored slogan on coins and currency.

    Yes, Americans are free to believe or disbelieve in whatever they want! They’re free to religiously express themselves any way they want, too! They just can’t use the *government* to accomplish it — it can’t be state-sponsored.

    In Lee v. Weisman (1992), the Court ruled that prayers at public school graduation ceremonies are an establishment of religion.

    Again: conservatives are often confusing the mere *absence* of religion in an area where it doesn’t belong or merely it isn’t state-sponsored with censorship! They claim the absence of religion indicates pressure from atheists. Why doesn’t the presence of religion indicate persons imposing their religion on others?!

    Again, there is no “anti-religious left-ism” as conservatives claim. Thomas Jefferson was laissez-faire towards all belief and disbelief, not caring whether his neighbor believed in twenty gods or no god. Religious leaders warned that if Jefferson were elected president, Bibles would be confiscated, churches would be closed down, etc. Clearly, that didn’t happen. Secularists are NOT atheists. The First Amendment says Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof. So theists are free to express themselves, as are atheists: it just can’t be state-sponsored.

    Conservatives argue it’s wrong “to deny religious expression from people of faith…” I agree. Yes, theists have the right to express themselves, as do atheists, it just can’t be state-sponsored. When theistic slogans like “in God We Trust” are placed on coins and currency, then it’s state-sponsored and violates the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

    Christians can hold a rally in Balboa Park in San Diego proclaiming, “In Christ We Trust,” just as Hare Krishnas can hold a Ratha Yatra Festival in Balboa Park as well, (LGBTs can hold a Pride festival, etc.)

    …but when it’s subsidized by the government, then it’s state-sponsored, and it violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, the government recognizing an establishment of religion, or, more broadly, favoring one set of beliefs or disbeliefs over another.

    I’ve asked conservative Christians before, as a thought experiment, since Christians claim to “cover” or “do unto others…”: If you were living in a country where over ninety percent of the county were atheist, would opposing atheistic slogans on coins and currency be “denying anti-religious expression from people opposed to faith…” ? Would you want atheistic slogans representing the majority disbelief on coins and currency, or would you prefer the government remain religion-neutral towards all belief and disbelief, laissez-faire or “hands-off” and not take sides on whether there are twenty gods or no god, etc… ?

    It was reported in the Indo-American press in either the ’90s or 2000s that a coalition of Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains were going to court to demand a completely religion-neutral society, which does not favor one religion over another, nor one set of beliefs or disbeliefs over another. Thomas Jefferson was laissez-faire (“hands-off!”) towards all belief and disbelief, not caring whether his neighbor believes in twenty gods or no god. Religious leaders warned that if Jefferson were elected, Bibles would be confiscated, churches would be closed down, etc. Clearly, that didn’t happen. Secularists are NOT atheists.

  3. Christianity is a relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of lords Jesus Christ. Everything else is just religion. vasu murti the ? of hell will never end. You might want to pay attention

  4. satan has been working overtime( via the demon party) trying to silence Christians because he knows his time on Earth is short. But THANK GOD these Christian students did get a judge that upheld their rights !! Not bending a knee to the Leftists!! We need more like him!!
    And Vasu, YOU are one of satan’s generals!! No one here reads your twisted lies and propaganda!! You truly are evil!!!!

  5. Vasu Murti
    “Again: conservatives are often confusing the mere *absence* of religion in an area where it doesn’t belong or merely it isn’t state-sponsored with censorship! They claim the absence of religion indicates pressure from atheists. Why doesn’t the presence of religion indicate persons imposing their religion on others?!”
    There are billions of religious people all over the world and they carry their religion with them every where they go. They don’t check it at the door because YOU might be offended. You don’t get to decide where religion does or doesn’t “belong” and YOU are confusing the word ABSENCE with SUPPRESSION. When you ban religious practice you are not simply creating an area that is absent of religion, you are suppressing religion. People in this country have a right to assemble peaceably on public land. If a religious group gathers together on Sunday afternoon at the park for worship and fellowship, they are not “imposing” their religion on you any more than I would be “imposing” my political beliefs on you if I wore my MAGA hat, and if you are offended by either, then you basically have 2 options; either shut the hell up, or LEAVE! That same concept applies to my country, as well as the park…

  6. vasu, you have no clue at all of what Christianity is. NONE. You have no clue of what the Bible teaches. NONE. You just come here and show what an ignorant fool you are. When are you actually going to study the Bible and apply what it teaches?? Until you do, you have nothing at all to offer us. We know the truth that you deny

  7. Our founding fathers gave us the right to worship God when and where we want. They themselves attended church services in the Capitol Building. They did not see any problem with it at all, nor should they have.

  8. vasu, God is in charge. He will have the final word. It doesn’t matter where you live or what you believe. You WILL stand before Jesus to be judged. The only question is will you join Him or satan

  9. The reason the anti-America Left is so anti-Christian is that in their heart of hearts they recognize America as a Christian nation, and so their attacks on Christianity are actually oblique attacks on America.

  10. Vasu Murti. Thank you! Most on this thread will never hear what you’re explaining but it’s good to see it here all the same.

  11. If it is not already on the books the city of Chicago will simply pass an ordinance prohibiting any and all demonstrations and speeches in public places including parks without a permit as is the case in many cities and counties through out this nation. After that it will be easy to bar anyone from preaching simply by refusing a permit. The trick will be to not give the appearance of not denying permits to specific groups or persons.
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  12. “Upon my arrival in America the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention. In France I had seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country. The American citizen cannot imagine the one without the other. Despotism may govern without faith, but Liberty cannot. There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility and of its conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt of the most enlightened and free nation on the earth.” — Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America

    It’s obvious that if the constitution/Bill of Rights had been written the way the communists want it to be today, the Constitution would never have been ratifiede!!!

  13. Vasu, I don’t know what kind of education you got but you forgot everything taught about our country, the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Please stop your insane rants that prove your insanity and start thinking once in a while. You are not a Constitutional law professor so you cannot begin to determine what was meant. Clearly and simply the Constitution, regarding religion was pointing out that the USA has no right to demand, as did England and it’s associated states, that the people would be required to follow ONE Theological belief. Yet EVERY one of those who took part in writing the Constitution believed in GOD and the Christian Judeo laws. So stop your rants Vasu and start to get an as semblance of honest education.

  14. B Scott…vasu has no clue what he is talking about. Guess you don’t either. He has no concept of who our founding fathers were or what they left us, not does he have a clue what Christianity is. We have no desire to read his posts because we know the truth that he denies

  15. Ed, the left hates God and our founding fathers for being Christians. They don’t care about right and wrong, just the control they want over us. They are very dangerous, but they cannot win

  16. As a Christian who went to law school (miracle of miracles) and “booked” both of his Constitutional Law courses I would point out that it seems clear that Vasu Merti has not read the cases that he has cited. The US Supreme Court often “danced on the head of a pin” when dealing with Freedom of Religion cases. The Court has forbidden the inclusion of prayers, etc. in elementary through high schools largely because it found children to be particularly impressionable and unable to differentiate between state sponsorship of religious beliefs and, say, their classwork. In the case of creches and similar items on state property, the Court has consistently held that the state can place such items on public property if, but only if, a variety of religious viewpoints are also displayed, instead of favoring one particular religion. The Establishment Clause test states, if effect, that government action that has some relationship to religion will violate the Establishment clause UNLESS it satisfies the following three part test: (1) the government action must have some secular purpose(s); (2) the government action must not have a primary purpose of advancing religion (but incidental purposes that advancing religion do NOT violate this prong of the test): and (3) the governmental action must not foster an excessive governmental entanglement with religion. Put another way, the government can have a “deistic” religion (having “In God We Trust” on its money), but the government cannot endorse any particular religion and the government cannot be hostile to any (valid) religion: Religious people should not have more rights than non-religious persons, but they should not have lesser rights either, including their rights to free speech in any appropriate and permissible forum.

  17. Vasu Merti is incorrect in his take on the case law related to the Establishment Clause, but I would respectfully suggest that Jay is incorrect that all of the people who were involved in the drafting of our Constitution were what real Christians would recognize as Christians; several were “deists,” who believed that a “philosophical” God (almost like Plato’s Demiurge) created the universe, wound it up and then left it to run down on its own. Several of our Founding Fathers, like Thomas Jefferson, had a form of godliness, “but denied the power thereof” (e.g., Jefferson creating a version of the New Testament that removed all claims by Jesus that he was the Son of God and also removed all of the miracles performed by Jesus, leaving just his moral teachings intact).

    And our Founding Fathers are hated by the Left because they were (1) Old (2) White (3) CIS-gen (4)Christian and (5) men. You know, they were “the basket of deplorables.”

  18. Vasu Murti, you are simply historically wrong. The idea that state sponsored religion is anti-constitutional would have been a new slant to the founding fathers. Congress actually sponsored the printing of Bibles. The First Amendment in the minds of the founders forbade any single denomination of the Christian religion from becoming the State Religion. The word religion meant denomination to them. They were afraid of the same thing that was law in European countries happening here. The Episcopal Church, for example, could not be the state religion. Christian principles were consistently taught in public schools. The general historical perspective was that we are a Christian nation. There are many conclusive proofs of this fact. I will just cite an 1864 quote from historian B.F. Morris. “This is a Christian nation, first in name, and secondly because of the many and mighty elements of a pure Christianity which have given it character and shaped its destiny from the beginning. It is pre-eminently the land of the Bible, of the Christian Church, of the Christian Sabbath…. The chief security and glory of the United States of America has been, is now, and will be forever, the prevalence and domination of the Christian faith.”

  19. What ever vasu said, since I skipped it, probably could have been said in one short paragraph which I would have then read.

  20. Larry, our founding fathers WERE NOT deists!!!! MOST were Christians and they left us a nation base on their CHRISTIAN principles, one of which is your freedom. You may have gone to law school, but you must have flunked history. And they gave us the right to worship God when and where we choose. Our founding fathers attended church services in the Capitol Building and required Bibles in schools. They came here so that they could worship God as they chose, not as England said they had to.

  21. Larry, good you said valid religion, as Islam is not a religion but only all about power and control, as that is why Muhammad “invented” it

  22. bj: Just to remind you that Kaci S. person is the one that ALWAYS has to have the last word. As you can plainly see on the story about the professor. She is a feminist , Democrat, atheist, and a supporter of Planned Parenthood( AKA Planned Murder). Need I say more? Our beliefs and being Conservatives fall on deaf ears with her….. Just saying.

  23. Linda, thanks. But she will certainly not have the last word when Jesus comes. What a breath of fresh air that will be

  24. Bj and Linda M. thank you.. It will be a pleasure in heaven to meet people as yourself who stand for
    christ but expecially the
    Word of God that he gave us

  25. Lesjrr: Thank you for your VERY kind words. Yes indeed we WILL meet in heaven!! Until that day,may God love and bless you here, always!!!

  26. To politicize public grounds is unconstitutional.

    Pursuant to the 1st Amendment, as well as, the foundational blueprint of Christianity, in the founding of our nation, Christians have the right to proselytize and distribute pamphlets.

    We pay homage to our forefathers by prioritizing actions aligned with God.

    In God We Trust.

  27. E Pluribus Unum. The true motto of the USA. It’s secular because the USA was founded as a secular nation, free from religious rule, as established in the First Amendment. That these proseltyzers were prevented from preaching on public property is codified in the laws of the land. Nothing prevents them from practicing their religion, warped as it is from Wheaton teaching. They simply can’t force the rest of us to listen to their drivel.

  28. HCB, you are greatly misinformed about our national history. The United States was not founded as a secular nation. Listen to the words of John Quincy Adams, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected, in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.” Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Our first Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay said, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty ….of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” These are not rare and isolated quotes, but the common thinking of early America. Please don’t join with the history deniers just because you don’t want to accept the reality of God. These things are a matter of public record.

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