The Freedom From Religion Foundation has once again started attacking a local community in an attempt to mitigate Christian influence on culture. They are alleging that the local government of the city of Hobbs in New Mexico is overstepping its boundaries. Christopher Line, a legal fellow of the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote, “Officials are not permitted to lend credibility or prestige to religion by including religious messages in city events,” Line wrote in the letter to city leaders. “We urge you to cease including religious music and messages in official Hobbs events.”
Under what law is Christopher Line making this claim? Typically, they will cite the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion….” and then point to the concept of “separation of church and state.” The concept of “separation of church and state” is not found anywhere in the constitution. The deduction of this phrase from the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment is nothing more than a baseless deduction. Furthermore, such an interpretation would contradict freedom of speech. The first amendment was not written to protect people from religion, it was written to protect people from tyranny. Furthermore, government documents have referenced God on multiple occasions. This is an acknowledgement that would certainly be related to religion. For instance, in the Ramification Clause mentions God. If they intended for government to have nothing to do with religion at all, why do we find these concepts in the Constitution?
But why would anyone not expect to find Gospel music at a Martin Luther King gathering? Martin Luther King was a pastor for crying out loud! This was a part of who Martin Luther King was! I’d be surprised to not find ANY Gospel music at Martin Luther King celebrations. Furthermore, a majority of celebrators there were likely black, and they love Gospel music. I recall going to a parade that was organized by the city of Pensacola when I was little. Guess what was in the parade? A float for a strip club with women dressed in revealing clothing. I don’t want to see that crap. The notion of seeing personal parts of women who are not my wife appalls me. I have to put up with these things that stand in opposition to my faith, whereas an atheist can hear a Gospel song, cry a bit, and then demand that it be removed? When I was a child, I had to sit in public schools and learn about universal common descent, an idea that stands in total opposition to the teaching of the Bible. I don’t think so. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a hypocritical foundation that should lose its non-profit status. This argument that secularists make from the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment is nothing more than a big, fat, non sequitur.