(The Christian Post) - For the first time in more than a decade, a majority of Americans believe churches and houses of worship should keep out of political matters.THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The truth is this. The Church didn't invade politics. Rather, the government invaded the Church!!!
The change in heart is the result of a shift in view of some social conservatives who are said to be disillusioned with the major political parties, according to a survey released Thursday by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
Currently, half of conservatives believe churches and other houses of worship should keep out of politics, up from just 30 percent four years ago...
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It happened via the courts nearly half a century ago, and it's been getting worse ever since. It all started in 1962 with Engel v. Vitale and in 1963 with Murray v. Curlett, and then finally again in 1963 with Abington Township School District v. Schempp. These Supreme Court decisions effectively removed all traces of God from public schools. Public schoolchildren were now expected to check their religions at the campus gate. Teachers were no longer permitted to express their faith in any overt way. Students were no loner permitted to organize prayer, or any kind of religious expression, during school hours. The years 1962-1963 are marked as the time our nation's highest Court expelled God from our nation's public schools.
This was compounded in 1973 with Roe v. Wade, in which the Supreme Court ruled that human life may be lawfully extinguished in the form of abortion-on-demand, and that every woman had a right to an abortion, even if she couldn't pay for one.
Decades later, the Massachusetts Supreme Court, and the California Supreme Court, would both rule that same-sex marriage is a right to all homosexual couples. Compound this with previous rulings by state supreme courts against Christian evangelism in certain public places, the display of Christian art in public places, demonstrations and protests in other public places; and what we have here is a clear assault on the Church by elements within our federal, state and local governments.
Then of course we have the grand finale in San Francisco, in which the city government passed a resolution officially condemning the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality, and calling upon all Catholics in San Francisco to defy the Church on this matter. In addition to that, many Democratic members of the U.S. Congress have recently threatened the Catholic Church with revocation of it's tax exemption for simply exercising the canonical rules it has always exercised within the religion. The government assault on religion and morality is unprecedented in all of American history. Clearly, the government has invaded religion, not the other way around.
Is it any wonder then why a growing number of Christians are becoming alarmed by this? Is it any wonder why a growing number of Christians want to interject their religious influence back into politics? Is it any wonder why a growing number of Christians react indignant to charges of mixing religion and politics? There shouldn't be any wonder at all. Christians are fighting a defensive war here. They're trying to stop the government from completely eradicating the influence of the Church over every aspect of society. Christians are trying to stop the government from "driving them into the sea" - metaphorically speaking. So after thirty-plus years of a relentless government assault against religion, the Church fights back, and almost immediately it's accused of "mixing religion with politics."
So let's set the record straight. There is nothing in the Constitution of the United States, or any state constitution, that prohibits Christians (or any religious group) from mobilizing and getting involved in politics. There is nothing said about it at all. There is no prohibition of it in any way. In fact, if anything, the U.S. Constitution prohibits the kind of ruthless assault the courts have been perpetrating on the churches for years.
So when some survey comes out with the analysis that more Americans are growing tired of religion in politics, perhaps those same Americans ought to be asked their opinion about the courts intruding on the rights of Christians over the last half century. Then maybe we'll start to get a more accurate picture of what people are really thinking.