If you’re a Christian who happens to keep up with the news and political happenings in our nation, then you are likely familiar with the angry atheist group The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) who have made it their mission to remove expressions of faith from all of public life.
These are the individuals you hear about suing schools for praying before football games or for government buildings having a plaque of the Ten Commandments.
Well they recently set their sights on the Trump administration, specifically Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, for holding a weekly Bible study with members of the president’s cabinet. The group has filed a lawsuit against those involved in the study.
However, Carson is now striking back, saying he will not be intimidated into giving up his “spirituality or religious beliefs” due to this lawsuit.
LifeSiteNews is reporting:
Unhappy about continuing reports of Trump Cabinet members holding weekly Bible studies, The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had earlier filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to determine if government resources were being used to conduct the Bible studies.
When Carson’s department refused to waive standard fees for the request, FFRF chose to sue HUD and Secretary Carson. FFRF was joined in the suit by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The suit alleges that Carson’s department refused to waive the fees because any uncovered documents “are likely to cast the agency or HUD Secretary Ben Carson in a negative light.”
Carson wrote a scathing Facebook post in response to FFRF’s lawsuit that lets these folks know in no uncertain terms that he will not back down:
The atheist group is “fearful that a hot beverage or a bagel may be consumed at the expense of taxpayers or that staff may be coerced to participate in religious activities against their will,” he wrote.
“First of all, taxpayer funds are not used to support the ministry, and secondly, no staff are involved in the Bible study,” he continued.
“More importantly, I refuse to be intimidated by anti-religious groups into relinquishing my spirituality or religious beliefs,” he added.
“I will not stop being a Christian while in service to this country, in fact, it is my faith that helps me serve the nation even better. The relentless attacks on the spirituality of our nation must be resisted. We are not like everyone else, which is precisely the reason that we rose so rapidly from obscurity to become the most powerful and free nation in history,” he wrote.
It’s truly tragic that in a nation built on the cornerstone of faith with biblical principles as the foundation of our legal system to see people maligning freedom of speech and religion, attempting to silence those in government positions from enjoying their liberty.
Nowhere does the Constitution say that those serving in office cannot exercise their faith nor allow their belief system to influence how they govern. Separation of church and state is not about the elimination of faith from the government. It’s about keeping the federal government from having an official church like the Church of England in Britain.
That’s a big difference from the misinterpretation of this principle by atheists.
Let’s continue to pray for Ben Carson and others participating in this Bible study to continue exercising their rights and staying faithful to God despite the immense pressure to compromise.