National Religious Freedom Day is celebrated on January 16, since it was on this date in 1786 that the Virginia State Assembly adopted Thomas Jefferson’s landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.
On the eve of National Religious Freedom Day, in it’s typical, radical fashion, Americans United for
Separation of Church and State Removal of Religion in America is claiming a movie about God shown in a school constitutes evangelism and is calling for its removal.
After receiving complaints, Americans United has urged officials at Tuscaloosa (AL) City Schools to stop showing the film “Facing the Giants.”
“This movie is not educational; it’s evangelistic,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Parents and taxpayers expect our public schools to teach, not preach.”
In a Jan. 15 letter, Americans United attorneys note that the film was shown repeatedly in classrooms last semester at Paul W. Bryant High School and that the school’s principal plans to continue airing it in the future. The movie depicts the story of a losing high school football coach who turns his struggling team around by convincing them that “With God, all things are possible….”
Barry Lynn would do well to read the words of Thomas Jefferson, who some may argue, would be his biggest ally, were he alive today. See for yourself, from the Virginia Statute:
Be it enacted by General Assembly that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of Religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge or affect their civil capacities.
None shall be forced, but all can say what they believe. Gee, Barry, sounds a lot like the underlying principle of the First Amendment. But you might see that connection if you understood the First Amendment . . . oh, never mind.
Barry, if you want to see “evangelism,” look no further than homosexual activists who read a story about a same-sex relationship to second graders in Massachusetts.