On Religious Freedom, Justice Is Served

23 02 2007

Filed under: Church and State, First+Freedom, Gonzales

Relgious discrimination or violation of the establishment clause? It’s obvious that there have been far more cases favoring the latter in recent decades, but, as more Americans, especially pastors, realize the religious liberties they have and what discrimination actually is, the pendulum is swinging back the other way.

Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales is launching a program to enforce religious liberties called The First Freedom Project.

Stating that “nothing defines us more as Americans than our religious liberties,” Attorney General Alberto Gonzales unveiled the Justice Department’s “First Freedom Project” to the Southern Baptist Executive Committee in Nashville Tuesday. His new Religious Freedom Task Force will step up enforcement of laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of religion and will educate churches on how to file complaints about violations of their rights.

But Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State once again demonstrates his complete and utter ignorance on the issue by smirking:

“Expecting the Bush administration to defend religious liberty is a little like asking Col. Sanders to babysit your pet chicken,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “This administration has repeatedly worked to destroy true religious freedom by merging church and state.”

Well yes, Mr Lynn, if we’re talking about your chickens.

Thank you, Attorney General Gonzales, for recognizing the ongoing threat to religious freedom and for taking firm steps to defend our “first freedom.”

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