I was recently appalled at two separate occurrences of First Amendment “violations” regarding freedom of religion. In a recent Department of Defense presentation, and citing the Southern Poverty Law Center, Evangelical Protestants and Catholics were classified as “extremist” religious groups, alongside al-Qaida, Hamas, and the Ku Klux Klan. While the DOD’s response was that the statements were those of one person, I can find no instance of specific rejection by the DOD. Iwould remind us all that uncountable lives have been lost while fighting for First Amendment rights.
In a separate situation in Colorado, at a seminar attended by approximately 20 persons within the law enforcement agencies of Colorado, the presenter emphasized that those in “sovereign” groups (included in that classification were “those who believe America was founded on godly principles, Christians who take the Bible literally, and fundamentalists”) should be watched and treated with caution. The speaker was soon to be headed for a position in Homeland Security, where he implied those same positions were held.
I’m in that group of Christians who pray for this country and our leaders and am concerned about attacks on the First Amendment, for as the old saying goes, where there is smoke there is fire. Is anyone else worried?