Wikipedia’s article, National Religious Freedom Day, says:
National Religious Freedom Day commemorates the Virginia General Assembly’s adoption of Thomas Jefferson’s landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on January 16, 1786. That statute became the basis for the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and led to freedom of religion for all Americans. Religious Freedom Day is officially proclaimed on January 16 each year by an annual statement by the President of the United States.
Six years ago we posted The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, in which we praised Jefferson’s work and provided the statute’s full text.
This is all good, you say. You’re probably thinking that only a deranged theocrat would object to Religious Freedom Day. Well, judge for yourself, but we found someone who is absolutely furious today — it’s Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He’s the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Ol’ Hambo’s post is Religious Freedom Day or Religious Erosion Day? The title suggests that Hambo’s religious freedom is eroding. Why would he think that? Let’s find out. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
First he quotes from President Obama’s proclamation on this day last year, and then he says:
Now, it’s rather ironic that President Obama says that religious freedom is a “proud legacy” of this nation and that it is vital that all Americans protect it because the religious freedom of Christians is under attack in this nation.
Egad — Hambo’s version of religious freedom is under attack! He tells us:
In a recent address Obama even said that gay “marriage” trumps religious freedom! He doesn’t really support religious freedom for everyone — he supports his own definition of freedom, one that increasingly excludes Bible-believing Christians from these protections and imposes an anti-God religion on the culture. I think the day needs to be remembered now as Religious Erosion Day!
Jeepers, he’s right! Folks like Hambo can no longer prevent gays from getting married. He’s losing his freedom! Let’s read on:
Sadly, Christians are increasingly being punished for standing on God’s Word and living according to our beliefs based on the Bible. We’re seeing this happen over and over again — usually in regard to gay “marriage” and the sanctity of life. Christians are being forced to affirm gay “marriages,” and Christian organizations and companies are being told they better provide abortion services and medical insurance that includes abortive contraceptives and even abortion — or else! As our nation continues to turn from God’s Word we can only expect this terrible trend to continue.
This is horrible — Hambo can’t have religiously-motivated laws that forbid contraception and abortion! Here’s one last excerpt:
As Christians, we need to be bold in standing on God’s Word, refusing to compromise with our increasingly secular culture. … Thank God for the religious freedom that we still have, though its erosion has been catastrophic, and pray that He will uphold this liberty for the next generation.
We all sympathize with ol’ Hambo, and like him, we long for the pre-Enlightement days of the Salem witch trials when we had true religious freedom. We hope he continues to fight the good fight.
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