The U.S. Supreme Court Has Never Defined “Religion”

Debate about religion in American public life existed well before America’s independence. Many talk about religious freedom, the First Amendment, and mistakenly argue that the U.S. Constitution delineates a “separation of church and state.” Yet, the highest court of the land, the U.S. Supreme Court has never formally defined what actually constitutes “religion.” Nor has the Court ever defined “God.” In fact, its standards for referring to “religion” evolve, change, and remain inconsistent.

It’s specious that the Supreme Court, which has not defined religion, can adequately rule on it.

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Nancy Pelosi’s Perversion of Piety: A Page Out of the Proof-texting Playbook

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s recent comments about Baby Jesus, Moses, “The Word,” and even women’s health issues reveal her true self: she is an inherently dishonest person willing to perver piety for political and financial gain.

Those who have read “The Word,” know that Jesus was not a refugee, never did anything illegal, and more importantly, is God. Mary, an unwed pregnant teenager (whom Pelosi most likely would have encouraged to abort Baby Jesus) was returning to Bethlehem with her betrothed Joseph for a census. There was no violence; just no room in the inn.

Moses was one of few boys who lived when the King of Egypt ordered all newborn boys be killed to reduce the Hebrew population.

In fact, both Jesus and Moses would not exist in America today if the infanticide policies Pelosi and President Obama support were legal. There would be no need to support the illegal trafficking of children (which had been well orchestrated many months ago) because these children could be killed instead.

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Waging War On Women Using Birth Control As Bullets

Recent debate about access to women’s birth control could not be more deceptive or ironic because it’s based on the false presupposition that reproductive rights is solely a woman’s issue.

Promoting female birth control is profoundly sexist. Targeting women reinforces widespread, long-held cultural and legal norms that ignore male sexual responsibility and culpability, and actually creates tangible, authentic gender inequality.

In fact, the wrong choice is being discussed about the wrong issue.

Birth control is killing women.

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“Separation of Church and State” Is Not in The U.S. Constitution

Contrary to popular belief, the phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the U.S. Constitution.

In fact, not one of the ninety Founding Fathers stated, argued for or against, or even referred to such a phrase when they debated for months about the specific words to use when writing the First Amendment. Congressional Records from June 7 to September 25, 1789 reveal that none of these men, including Thomas Jefferson, ever used the phrase, “separation of church and state.”

One advocacy group claims, “courts have said that church-state separation IS found in the U.S. Constitution, and what the Declaration of Independence says or doesn’t say is irrelevant to legal discussions because it’s not a governance document.”

Two of the three parts of this claim are false.

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The Legacy of the Meikleour Beech Hedge

Meikleour Beech HedgeThe tallest hedge in the world, continues to thrive 270 years after it was planted in Scottish soil, once soaked by Protestant and Catholic blood. The Meikleour Beech Hedge testifies to a boundless love that overcomes hatred and surpasses death.

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The Origin of “Separation of Church and State” in America

The thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries are marked by the blood of hundreds of thousands of Christians who were slaughtered by Christians in the name of God.

In the 1600s, civil war raged throughout Europe. In England, King James and King Charles I wrestled with separatist dissent. Charles dissolved Parliament, Catholics and Protestants were killing each other in England, Ireland, and Scotland, and eventually, Charles was beheaded. Throughout this, England’s kings and Parliament wanted a national church.

It was within this context that America’s story began. Puritans began fleeing England in 1620; over the next twenty years about 20,000 would arrive in New England. However, when the two ministers John Winthrop and Roger Williams disagreed over the basic principles that would form a new society, an ideological struggle began that would seep through American culture well before it became a country.

Roger Williams championed the ideal of “Soul Libertie” and the separation of church and state, effectively persuading leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. His ingenuity rooted the American identity in freedom, which he believed God granted to every person. People could live in a society that safeguarded individualy liberty and religious freedom, and be assured that its government would not interfere, dictate, or control religious beliefs or worship.

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Why Jack Bauer Reminds Me of Jesus

The Emmy-Award winning drama, 24: Live Another Day, effectively illustrates the universal reality that evil is as real as our need to be saved from it.

While watching the entire series up to the latest episode, I recognized redemptive analogies woven throughout a narrative that necessitated a lone “universal hero” archetype in the character of Jack Bauer. His story is hard to accept–simply because most of us know very few people who have the courage or ability to repeatedly make sacrifices for others, if at all.

But at the same time, we identify with Bauer, rooting for him, because we yearn for a transcendent reality, something we sense deep down inside of ourselves as true, but do not readily experience in our lives. (2 Cor. 5:2, 13:12, Heb. 11:16, Ps. 84, Rom. 8:16, 8:26, Job 32:8, Ecc. 3:11).

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