Joseph Farah has a column claiming that we are less free now than we were under King George III in 1776. In that column he tells some rather blatant lies about the state of freedom of religion, in the usual “Christians aren’t allowed in the public square” fake persecution myth.
How about freedom of religion?
Barack Obama often refers to it as “freedom of worship.” But that’s a whole different animal. Yes, it’s true, you can worship virtually any way you want in America in the assembly of your choice. But just try taking your faith into the public square.
Yes, by all means try that. People do it every day, of course, without a problem. Religious groups hold prayer rallies on public grounds, hand out religious literature and preach on public sidewalks (the ACLU, in fact, often defends their right to do so when some ignorant local satrap tries to prevent them from doing so), and broadcast religious programming over the public airwaves. Politicians invoke their religious beliefs thousands of times every day and no one tries to stop them.
This is the classic use of the term “public square” without ever defining it. The only thing they can actually be referring to (because these are the only restrictions that actually exist) is the government not being allowed to endorse their religion, but they want their followers to believe that Christians are not allowed to speak publicly. That is obviously false.
The Ten Commandments are forbidden in any institution controlled by government.
I wish that were true, but it isn’t. The Supreme Court upheld the placement of Ten Commandments monuments in many cases in 2005. Is Farah ignorant of that ruling or is he just lying?
Prayer is forbidden in public schools by the order of the U.S. Supreme Court.
No it isn’t. Government-mandated prayer is forbidden in public schools, as it should be. But students and teachers pray in school millions of times every day and no one tries to stop them. They do this as individuals and as groups, in events like See You At the Pole and before and after school in official student groups. Again, is Farah ignorant or is he lying?
The Bible, which was the foundation of early education in the 18th century, is forbidden from government schools.
Again, false. Lots and lots of schools have courses in the Bible as history and literature and the Supreme Court has upheld their ability to do so — as long as it’s done in a scholarly, non-proselytizing way (which means most of those classes ought to be unconstitutional).
This is the same old persecution myth being relentlessly repeated by frauds like Joseph Farah, who are either absolutely ignorant of the law or are just plain lying. Or both.