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Liberal Christianity’s Assault on Religious Freedom

Oct 30, 2009

Hard on the heels of the passage of Obama’s anti-Christian hate crimes law, we now find he is being aided and abetted by liberal churchians who also want to shut down free speech and silence conservative believers. Indeed, they have sided with the radicals in seeking to undermine the freedom of believers to speak out on the dangerous directions of our leftist leaders.

They want to use the American Federal Communications Commission to effectively censor conservative voices in radio and television. There is an interfaith group of liberal religious types called “So We Might See” which had declared war on the likes of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and other very popular conservative media commentators.

Columnist Michelle Malkin has written up this alarming development, and she is worth quoting at length. Her piece is entitled, “How the FCC and Liberal Churches Are Scheming To Shut You Up “. These leftist churchians are aiming for the same thing Obama is doing by government law: squashing religious freedom, especially that of biblical Christians.

It seems the initial issue which has got these liberals upset is the immigration debate. With porous borders and millions of illegal aliens in the US, this is certainly an important topic which deserves proper debate. But the lefties want to effectively shut down such democratic debate. Says Malkin,

“The ‘interfaith coalition for media justice’ is led by the United Church of Christ. Yes, that’s the same church of Obama’s race-baiting, Jew-bashing ex-pastor Jeremiah Wright. Other members include the Presbyterian News Service, the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the National Council of Churches. These religious liberals have partnered with the National Hispanic Media Coalition, which filed a petition in January demanding that the FCC collect data, seek public comment and ‘explore options’ for combating ‘hate speech’ from staunch critics of illegal immigration.

“Open-borders groups have sought to marginalize, criminalize and demonize those of us who have raised our voices for years about lax immigration enforcement – and to impose an Orwellian Fairness Doctrine-style policy on illegal alien amnesty opponents. During the presidential campaign, the National Council of La Raza launched a ‘We Can Stop the Hate’ project to redefine tough policy criticism from the right as ‘hate.’ La Raza President Janet Murguia called for TV networks to keep immigration enforcement proponents off the airwaves and argued that hate speech should not be tolerated, ‘even if such censorship were a violation of First Amendment rights,’ according to Broadcasting and Cable News.”

They know that Obama will be quite sympathetic to their cause: “Their FCC petition calling for a crackdown on illegal immigration critics cites Obama’s own words in a fall 2008 speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Obama told his amnesty-supporting audience that he knew they were ‘counting on us to stop the hateful rhetoric filling our airwaves.’ Unsurprisingly, far-left billionaire George Soros’ money is backing the So We Might See/National Hispanic Media Coalition effort.”

In fact, the FCC Commissioner, Michael J. Copps gave a lecture at the UCC’s Riverside Church in New York City recently, approving of the liberal church leaders’ goals and encouraging the congregation to take action on “media reform”.

She continues, “Jeffrey Lord, who happens to belong to the United Church of Christ, reported in The American Spectator that not long after that speech, the UCC sent out a mass e-mail to its millions of members urging them to join the nationwide fast and regulatory drive. The church-state alliance missive directed its followers: ‘As a participant, you will be asked to sign a petition to the Federal Communications Commission asking that it open a notice of inquiry into hate speech in the media’.”

Malkin rightly notes the gross double standards here: “No word on when they’ll be launching an inquiry into the fear-based, fact-free ‘hate speech’ from the mouth of Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, who accused Republicans of wanting sick patients to ‘die quickly,’ likened health care problems to the ‘Holocaust’ and attacked an adviser to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as a ‘K Street whore’.”

She concludes, there is also no word on “when they’ll be going after MSNBC and Air America radio hate-mongers who have openly wished on their airwaves for the deaths of George W. Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. But I digress. In the age of Obama, the targets of left-wing hate speech don’t have a prayer.”

It is bad enough when the secular left wages its war upon the freedom of biblical Christians to use the airwaves to share their message. But when leftist churchians join in the attack, this is a real cause for concern. But we should not be surprised. We have long been warned about such things in Scripture. What did Jesus say about ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’?

townhall.com/columnists/MichelleMalkin/2009/10/28/how_the_fcc_and_liberal_churches_are_scheming_to_shut_you_up

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8 Responses to Liberal Christianity’s Assault on Religious Freedom

  • he is being aided and abetted by liberal churchians who also want to shut down free speech and silence conservative believers.

    That’s because they are pagans, not Christians. They are Barbarians.

    Louise Le Mottee

  • I read Michelle Malkin’s article, which co-incides with what Glenn Beck has been warning about for weeks now, and especially on his show during this week. Just see the first five vidclips on:
    http://glennbeckclips.com/#
    What is happening in America is frightening, but now it is becoming quite apparent what Obama meant by “Change”, i.e. transforming America from a free, Christian-based society into a Marxist, totalitarian state, where freedom is curtailed.

    Combine this with the prospect of a world, totalitarian government, as proposed in the upcoming Copenhagen climate treaty, which Obama solidly supports, and we have the whole spectre of the final antichrist.

    I am here reminded of Rev.13, and in particular v.7:
    “It was given to [the beast] to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.”
    The hostile, antichristian side to the whole development we now witness is prophesied in Scripture, and we would do well to heed to the prophetic Scriptures as to how to respond. It is also no accident that apostate churches are in on the act: their role is prophesied in Rev.17, where the harlot woman represents the false, pagan church, riding the back of the tyrannical beast, as opposed to the woman in ch.12 which represents the true church.

    But be of good cheer, the time will soon come when:
    “And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet…these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with fire and brimstone.” (Rev.19:20)

    But our hope is not in some human politician, or some Christian programme, but in the direct intervention of God, and specifically the glorious return of His Son to this earth.

    Murray Adamthwaite

  • Yes, it’s about time that we started calling a spade a spade.

    These people are not followers of Christ. Them and many more western ‘churches’ and their ‘blessing seeking’ parishioners who claim to represent our holy and righteous God are pushing their liberal progressive teaching while directly ignoring His Word and commandments.

    “By their fruit you shall know them.” Matthew 7:18-20
    Jesus says that we will recognize good people by their fruit. He likens them to trees: bad trees cannot bear good fruit, but good trees do.

    Garth Penglase

  • We Christians are not frightened to talk about the threat of cultural marxism to western democracy or the threat of homosexuality to our children, but how many of us are bold enough to declare to our respectable and law-abiding neighbours that they too will go to hell if they do not acknowledge the Lord Jesus as Lord and Saviour?

    David Skinner, UK

  • Murray, well said. I have been in the Liberal Church scene in the past trying to make a contribution. I resigned from Ministry after a period of forty years in the U.C.A. From this experience I can justifiably repeat “well said”.

    Stan Fishley

  • Murray thanks for the video clips; this only confirms that what we might think only exists in our fevered imaginations is in fact reality. What is happening in the whole of western civilisation is the work of the Frankfurt School, whose aim was to bring about revolution not through violent overthrow but through multi-culture and emphasis on human rights without responsibilities. The main human instruments for this are variouis militants, radical feminists and homosexual activists.

    But their worldview or faith has not just arrived, neither has it come out of thin air – a self evident truth – but has been trickling down through society, over a period of several hundred years from intellectuals in the first instance, to artists and composers. until finally it is has spread through general culture, to the girl on the check out counter and the man digging the ditch. It has not been formally taught but breathed in through the atmosphere. It is the zeitgeist.

    Since this philosophy proposes that there is no fixed absolute point from which to observe the movement of history, and since according to evolution there is no intelligence, will or personality behind matter and creation, people have become fatalistic, believing only in chance. Feeling helpless to alter the direction of history, people become apathetic and finally paralysed. They lose all sovereignty over their lives and succumb to their political masters.

    As Francis Schaeffer says in “The God who is There”: “The mass of people may not enter an art museum, may never read a serious book. If you were to explain the drift of modern thought to them, they might not be able to understand it; but this does not mean they are not influenced by the things they see and hear- including the cinema.”

    I have listed six weapons of mass cultural destruction.
    Control of the language
    Circulation of Pornography
    Control of the most intimate and private relations between men and women – the restructuring of the family.
    Control of sex education in schools.
    Control of acceptable public behaviour signals – e.g., hold a homsoexual’s hand day.
    Control of Media and legislation

    All this is enforced not through reason but through intimidation and fear:
    Police harassment
    Public humiliation
    Loss of job
    Fines and Penalties
    Children being taken away from parents
    Prison.

    Though there are many who sing from the same hymn book as us they are not on the same page. Distracted by the economy, climate change and other trivial diversions they have not even got beyond reading the forward.

    David Skinner, UK

  • Thanks Garth.
    I agree with your sentiments, but would add also that we should stop calling them ‘liberals’. There is nothing at all liberal about them, except in regard to their loose morals. Otherwise they are intolerant, bigoted, tyrannical, vindictive, and devious in regard to conservative Christians. They always have been. Tolerance for them has always been a one-way street – their way!
    Moreover, “liberal Christian” is an oxymoron. These people are not disciples, since our Lord said on several occasions that a disciple is not above his lord, but these so-called liberals have always insisted they they are above Christ their professed master, since they so often labour to correct Him.
    Murray Adamthwaite

  • Thanks Murray may I add that liberals once claimed to work within the circle of Truth and Reason.
    Stan Fishley

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