The U.S. Government Has Become Patently Anti-Christian


From the writings of Columbus to
the Mayflower Compact, to the Declaration of
Independence, America`s founders clearly and
articulately enshrined bedrock Christian principles in
the foundation of this country.

For example, in explaining the
purpose of his journey that led to the discovery of the
new world, Christopher Columbus

said
, "It was
the Lord who put into my mind—I could feel His hand upon
me—the fact that it would be possible to sail from here
to the Indies . . . All who heard of my project rejected
it with laughter, ridiculing me . . . There is no
question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit,
because he comforted me with rays of marvelous
illumination from the Holy Scriptures . . . For the
execution of the journey to the Indies I did not make
use of intelligence, mathematics, or maps. It is simply
the fulfillment of what Isaiah had prophesied . . . No
one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our
Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for
His Holy service . . . the fact that the Gospel must
still be preached to so many lands in such a short
time—this is what convinces me."
(Source:
Columbus` Book of
Prophecies
)

Our pilgrim fathers wrote in the

Mayflower Compact,

"In the name of
God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten . . . Having
undertaken, for the glory of God and the advancement of
the Christian faith . . . a voyage to plant the first
colony in the Northern parts of Virginia."

In the Declaration of Independence,
Thomas Jefferson invokes our Creator-God no less than
four times. In fact, Jefferson predicates the
Declaration on
"the Laws of Nature and of Nature`s God"
and
concludes the Declaration with an appeal to the
"Supreme Judge of
the world for the rectitude of our intentions"
and
with "a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence."

Attorney and author, John
Whitehead, in his book, The Separation Illusion, rightly noted, "In 1892, the
United States Supreme Court made an exhaustive study of
the supposed connection between Christianity and the
government of the United States. After reviewing
hundreds of volumes of historical documents, the Court
asserted, `These references . . . add a volume of
unofficial declarations to the mass of organic
utterances that this is a religious people . . . a
Christian nation.` Likewise, in 1931, Supreme Court
Justice George Sutherland reviewed the 1892 decision in
reference to another case and reiterated that Americans
are a `Christian
people
.` And in 1952, Justice William O. Douglas
affirmed that `we are a religious people and our
institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.`"

Accordingly, our U. S. Constitution
is dated: (1) from the birth of Christ, and (2) from the
birth of our independence (Article. VII.). Secondly, the
Constitution requires the President and Congress to
respect "the
Christian Sabbath"
(Sunday) as a day
"excepted"
from governmental business (Article. I. Section. 7.).
Thirdly, the First Amendment prohibits the U.S. Congress
from making any law
"respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof."
In other words, the federal
government has no right to interfere with the free
expression of religion (by individuals or States) in any
shape, manner, or form. Fourthly, Article. VI. of the
Constitution prohibits any religious test as a
qualification for public office.

The intent of the Constitution`s
framers was, therefore, in the matter of religion
(especially the Christian religion, whose adherents
birthed America), that the federal government would
maintain a healthy respect for it, and keep its hands
off. For the last several years, however, instead of
respecting religion—especially the Christian
religion—the leaders of our federal government have
increasingly demonstrated animosity, and even hostility,
toward both the Christian faith and Christian people.

While claiming to be
"tolerant"
and
"pluralistic,"
our federal government, in practice,
shows little tolerance or pluralism regarding
Christianity. Time and again, Christian practices and
people are singled out for humiliation, persecution, or
retribution. This situation follows an eerily similar
pattern to that of the old Holy Roman Empire.

The Roman Empire loved to tout its
tolerance for any and all faith systems. One common
adage at the time was that
"there are as many gods in Rome as people." So tolerant was Rome for
myriad religious beliefs that it even constructed an
altar to the
"UNKNOWN GOD,"
for fear that it may have neglected
to honor someone`s obscure god.

Why was it, then, that the Roman
Empire took delight in publicly persecuting, torturing,
and executing Christians? What happened to tolerance?
What happened to pluralism? In direct contravention of
its own laws and policies, Rome singled out Christianity
for public repudiation. And that is exactly what the
U.S. government is currently doing. I`ll say it
outright: the U.S. government has become patently
anti-Christian.

In spite of Constitutional
requirements to keep its hands off religious liberty,
the U.S. government routinely singles out Christian
practices for public repudiation. For years now, federal
judges have demanded that local schools (under the
jurisdiction of local and state governments) prohibit
prayers or Bible reading.

Does anyone find it a little
interesting that all over America, while Christian
students are denied the right to pray or read the Bible
in public schools, Muslim students are not only allowed
to pray in public schools, but are also often provided
special prayer rooms within the schools so that those
students may leave their classrooms and pray? In fact,
in some school districts, if the Muslim prayer time
interferes with a student`s tests, the student is many
times free to make up the test in order that he or she
may be faithful to the prayer meeting. Of course, the
reading of the Koran is also included in the Muslim`s
prayer time. All of this is done with the full knowledge
and blessing of the U.S. government (and the ACLU, by
the way), including the myriad federal courts—courts
that are always "fast on the draw" to squash any and all attempts by Christians to
pray or read their Bibles in public schools.

And it is not just the Muslim
religion that meets with the approval of the U.S.
government. Federal courts find no fault in public
school students observing Kwanzaa, celebrating the pagan
holiday of Halloween, or engaging in various eastern
religious practices such as Hindu meditation. At least
one school district in Utah has allowed Tibetan monks to
conduct Tantric Buddhist devotionals in its public
schools. At least two schools in California have even
introduced New Age curricula honoring Lucifer to their
students. Basically, any and all religious beliefs are
condoned and tolerated by the U.S. government—every
belief system except Christianity, that is.

In addition, how many local or
State courts have been ordered by federal judges to
remove any and all copies of the Ten Commandments or
other scriptural references from their buildings? How
many local governments have been ordered by federal
judges to remove any and all Nativity or Manger scenes
from their properties? How many chaplains have been
ordered to remove Bibles from soldiers, sailors, or
Marines? How many Bibles have been destroyed by orders
from military commanders? How many prisoners or
detainees have been denied Bibles (even when requested)
by order of military brass? How many military officers
have been overlooked for promotion (and thus drubbed out
of military service) for not being willing to surrender
their Christian convictions to
"sensitivity"
or "diversity"
training (a euphemism for homosexual brainwashing)? How
many times has the U.S. government quietly looked the
other way when Christian people have been slaughtered en
masse? (Can anyone say,
"Sudan"?) How
many Christian chaplains in the armed forces have been
ordered to not pray in Jesus` name? How many pro-life
Christians have been targeted by federal police agencies
for special scrutiny? How many sheriffs` offices (run
and managed by Christian law enforcement officers) have
been denied federal funds for not submitting to a
variety of repulsive policies mandated by the federal
government?

Then there is this
AP story
:
"Iraq has lost more than half the Christians who once
called it home, mostly since the war began, and few who
fled have plans to return."
The report continued,
saying, "The
number of Arab Christians has plummeted across the
Mideast in recent years as increasing numbers seek to
move to the West, saying they feel increasingly
unwelcome in the Middle East and want a better life
abroad.

"But the exodus
has been particularly stark in Iraq—where sectarian
violence since the U.S.-led 2003 invasion has often
targeted Christians.

"The AP found
that hundreds of thousands of Christians have fled."

(Source: The Associated Press, Thursday, May 14, 2009)

To highlight the AP report, in
1987, there were 1.4 million Christians in Iraq. Now
there are fewer than 400,000. For all of Saddam
Hussein`s sins, persecution of Christians was not one of
them. Under Hussein`s regime, Christians, for the most
part, led a persecution-free existence—something
extremely rare in Muslim countries. In fact, Saddam
Hussein even had Christians serving in his
administrative cabinet.

Enter the U.S.-led invasion of
Iraq.

Since removing Saddam Hussein, the
U.S. government has installed an Islamic puppet
government, which has resulted in the persecution of
hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians.

I hope all the evangelical
Christians who continue to support George W. Bush and
his unconstitutional, preemptive invasion of Iraq are
paying attention. I hope all my Christian friends who
kept trumpeting the unconstitutional policies of
President Bush, "because he is a Christian," are paying attention. I really wish
that James Dobson and his ilk would have been as
outraged at the unconstitutional (not to mention
unchristian) policies of the former Republican President
as they are the current Democratic President, because,
for all intents and purposes, the federal government is
functioning in exactly the same way under one as it did
under the other.

Whether domestically or
internationally, the U.S. government is obviously
committed to an anti-Christian agenda. Where the federal
government once respected Christianity and vowed to not
interfere with the faith and practices of Christian
people, it has now become an archenemy of religious
liberty. With virtually every constitutional safeguard
being violated by the modern federal government, about
all that is left is for the constitutional prohibition
of government business being conducted on Sundays to be
expunged. Don`t be surprised, therefore, when federal
courts begin mandating that public schools require
students to attend class on the Lord`s Day.

If we are to restore the principles
of religious liberty, it will be necessary for State
governments—and for Christian people in particular—to
stand united against an ever-growing, ever-menacing
federal leviathan that is intent on destroying the
safeguards and foundations of a once-proud
constitutional republic, which was, after all, rooted
and founded upon Christian principles.

Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the
pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola,
Florida. He hosts a


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