First Amendment Freedoms on Trial -- in America
“Religion and morality alone . . . can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand.” -- John Adams (1776)
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The Declaration of Independence (1776)
Excerpts from Biblical Revival and the Transformation of Nations by Stephen McDowell
Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, was burned at the stake on March 21, 1556. He had espoused ideas on the authority of the Pope, the doctrine of the sacrament, and other things that were contrary to the doctrine of the established church.
Welcome to Pulpit Freedom Sunday at Calvary Christian Church.
I want to make this very clear this morning, I do not give up my first amendment rights when I step on church property.
I do not give up my first amendment rights when I step into the Lord’s House.
I do not give up my first amendment rights of freedom of speech, freedom of religion or any other God given freedoms when I step into the pulpit.
America stands at a crossroads today. We face a spiritual and moral decline, a massive national debt, an out-of-control government that threatens our liberty, and a growing threat from Islamic jihad here and abroad. We need another Great Awakening like those in the past that produced our national independence and freedom for slaves, but who will lead it? What is the churches' role in this? What is the Virginia Christian Alliance, and what can they do to help? Finally, what can "We the People" – what can I -- do to rebuild the broken-down pillars of religion and morality on which America was built and has prospered?
By Rev. MichaEl Hirsch Virginia Christian Alliance Advisory Board
Virginia's trifecta of uniqueness contributes to America's Religious Freedom which we celebrate on the National Day of Prayer.
After the Fifth Virginia Convention began on May 5, 1776 there was a resolution on May 15 calling for a declaration of rights for Virginia. The Convention declared independence from Britain and directed its Delegates to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia to call for the Declaration of Independence.
Can we as believers in God - as individuals and as churches - influence our culture to be moral and responsible?
The world in which we live is imperfect. In foreign countries there are serious crimes, murders, and government controls. In America there are crimes and murders, but there is also an environment of immorality and a falling economy. What should we be doing to make a difference in our society? I will propose that there are basically two things that make a difference:
John Freshwater v. Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education, Case no. 2012-0613
ISSUE: Did the firing of a public school teacher for discussing with students the gaps in evolution theory and for keeping a Bible on his desk violate the teacher's right to academic freedom and manifest hostility toward Christianity in violation of the Establishment Clause?
Stephen appeared in character as Thomas Jefferson on Fox and Friends morning television talk show on Friday, March 8. Jefferson discussed the liberating ideas of the Founding Fathers, the unique governmental principles of the American Republic, and the Christian foundations of the nation, as well as giving advice from the Founders to Americans today to help in dealing with our current problems of rampant spending and burgeoning deficits
What we today understand as a war on religion is a war focused entirely on the Christian religion and its value.
Throughout history America's system of laws have been based on Christian values.
The reason the public is confused about why the Democrat and Republican parties are so intransient is that the world of tomorrow is seen by each political party from vastly different perspectives.
On Saturday, February 2nd, a town hall meeting with God, Guns and The Constitution was held at the Richmond Christian Center here in Richmond, sponsored by the Virginia Christian Alliance, the Black Robe Regiment, the Coalition of African American Pastors and Warriors Arise! Details of the speakers and organizations represented are below.
The church is the conscience of the nation, and the law is a civil guide to moral behavior for all of us -- but especially for the unchurched, who have no other guide. (Rakazzi)
Whether it’s Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or Easter, or the 4th of July, or any time of the year, are we really truly thankful for the country that we live in today – or do we often take it for granted? For example, have you ever wondered what makes America different from every other nation in the world – what some refer to as America’s “exceptionalism”? Is it just because we are more wealthy, or more powerful, than any other country? Or is it something more “spiritual”?
Innumerable blessings have been bestowed upon the United States of America. Concerning these blessings President Lincoln wrote: “No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God.” President Lincoln went on to set apart the last Thursday of November as “a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”1