There are a couple stories in recent days that have to make you wonder.
When Jonathan Lopez read the dictionary definition of marriage and two Bible verses as part of an assigned presentation, speech professor John Matteson of Los Angeles City College stopped him mid-speech and called him a “fascist bastard” in front of the class.
Instead of allowing Lopez to finish, Matteson told the other students they could leave if they were offended. When no one left, Matteson dismissed the class. Refusing to grade the assigned speech, Matteson wrote on Lopez’s evaluation, ‘Ask God what your grade is.’
One week later, after seeing Lopez talking to the college’s dean of academic affairs, Matteson told Lopez that he would make sure he’d be expelled from school.
Senior Counsel David French of the Alliance Defense Fund, which has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Lopez, stated that “public institutions of higher learning cannot selectively censor Christian speech.”
Then there’s the veteran counselor in Orange County who took some foster kids on a field trip. They went to a 5-K run and then to the beach. While they were eating lunch, they heard about 10 minutes of – horrors! – Christian music. The counselor was suspended for six weeks.
So now Christians have to file lawsuits in order to be … Christians. Despite our first amendment, which supposedly guarantees the freedom of religion …
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …
… these clearly expressed words have been twisted into the common refrain “separation of church and state,” effectively keeping any expression of Christianity out of the public domain.
Patrick Henry would not be pleased … and I don’t think God is, either.
It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here. [May 1765 Speech to the House of Burgesses]