America is a nation that was founded on biblical principles with the idea in mind that freedom and liberty is only possible when citizens are a moral people, and those who risked their lives, fortune, and sacred honor to create this country were convinced that the Bible was the best source of morality.
George Washington and other founding fathers often quoted Scripture when discussing how to run this new experiment in freedom, regularly attended church, and often prayed in public. Congress used to have days dedicated to prayer.
All of this flies in the face of the idea that religion and politics are somehow supposed to be separated. The whole concept of separation of church and state was laid out by Thomas Jefferson in his letter to the Danbury Baptists and was referring to their not being an officially recognized national church for the United States. It had nothing to do with keeping faith out of politics.
Yet the myth still persists and is now taking on a rather aggressive tone as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson is being sued over a White House Bible Study.
The Western Journal is reporting:
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has taken a stance against Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson and an administration that is quickly becoming labeled the most evangelical Cabinet in history.
The group has reportedly teamed up with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington to bring a federal lawsuit against Carson’s Department of Housing and Urban Development for evading requests for records that related to a religious get-together.
Since taking office, President Donald Trump and his administration have held weekly bible-study sessions at the White House, with many familiar figures such as Vice President Mike Pence leading certain studies.
However, this weekly get-together has lead FFRF to raise concern as to whether or not the practice is ethically based on the separation of church and state.
The suit aims to find out if government resources are being used for these meetings and whether or not employees feel forced into organizing and/or participating in such events, according to the FFRF website.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is also very concerned it seems with Capitol Ministries, an evangelical group that seeks to spread the gospel among elected officials.
If there’s a group of people in this country who desperately need the gospel and it’s influence to help guide them through the murky ethical waters in Washington, it’s elected officials.
Much of the hubbub seems to come from the fact that HUD has not released documents through waivers on the Freedom of Information Act concerning the Bible study, which has FFRF super scared for whatever reason.
Here’s what FFRF co-president had to say about the study:
“If this bible study is legal and aboveboard, as the Trump administration and Fox News have argued, what are they trying to hide by torpedoing the FOIA process,” asked Annie Laurie Gaylor, Co-President to FFRF.
Questioning the legality of a Bible study in a country that supposedly has freedom of religion is an absurd notion and is indicative of the sort of moral decay that has rotted this land from coast to coast.
Those who are attending the Bible study includes Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and other individuals FFRF believes cannot keep their public office duties separate from their religious beliefs.
Of course they can’t separate the two, nor should they have to. Can progressives check their humanistic religious beliefs at the door and not let them interfere with their ability to govern?
No, and they wouldn’t dare. That’s where they get all of their policy ideas. You can’t separate your worldview from how you approach government. It’s impossible.
How sad is it that the greatest source of morality hailed by our Founding Fathers where they got a good chunk of their ideas for how a free nation should be governed, is now being frowned upon in the one place it’s needed most?