©2007 Janet L. Folger
They've been beating kids up and stealing their lunch money since grade school.
Ohio State Democratic Party Chairman Rep. Chris Redfern is a bully. But this is
the Ohio General Assembly and not the playground, so he's not allowed to push
people down anymore. So when the pastor of
That's not surprising. Bullies bully. Always have. What matters is our response. There are, of course, two ways to deal with bullies: back down or stand up. If you haven't caught on to the right answer by now, I'm betting you're still getting pushed around. Let me save you your lunch money: Stand up to the bully and he will go away.
You can tell a lot about a person by which course he chooses. Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Jon Husted and House Clerk Laura Clemens chose to back down. Rather than offend the bully, they chose to offend Christians and rip up the First Amendment by mandating that prayers to God could not mention the name of His Son – Jesus. Now the government-approved prayers will be censored of all references to "Jesus" within 72 hours by the Communist government, uh, I mean the Ohio Statehouse.
Speaker Husted, there is someone I would like you to meet. A friend of mine named Marion Ward. She was bullied, too. She was just a teenager, but she didn't back down. She was bullied by her teachers, her principal, her school board and a federal judge. Not just any federal judge, but a Judge Samuel Kent – who hates prayer even more than the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party.
Take a look at what he said about prayer at high school graduations:
make no mistake, the court is going to have a
Anyone who violates these orders, no kidding, is going to wish that he or she had died as a child when this court gets through with it.
they get this guy?
She joined the efforts of her attorney, Kelly Coghlan and worked to pass a state law to let other kids pray, too. It turns out the Texas Legislature found out other kids were being bullied all over the state. One mother reported how her little boy came home from school telling how he wasn't allowed to say the word "c-r-a-p" along with another illegal word he felt compelled to spell out, "G-o-d," in school. Others testified that their little girls were publicly reprimanded during a discussion of Easter. "What do you think of when you think of Easter?" the teacher asked. Children talked of eggs and baskets and jellybeans, but when two girls said "Jesus" and "God" (without spelling it out, apparently) they were humiliated and told that was "not allowed."
Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act"
was introduced in the Texas House by Rep. Charlie Howard and signed into law by
Gov. Rick Perry on
Rep. Josh Mandel, R-Lyndhurst, one of two Jewish members in the House didn't have a problem with the Statehouse prayer. He told the Columbus Dispatch: "Our country is based on freedom of religion, not a freedom from religion." He was right: "Clergy of any religion should have freedom to say the opening prayer of their wish."
So, Speaker Husted? Don't back down to the bullies. Stand up to them. You don't have to mandate sanitized prayers to a government god. You don't have to quit inviting Christians to pray for fear they might invoke the "J-word." That's a vital part of prayer. That's what we call Freedom of Religion. Freedom of Speech. Freedom of expression.
As we celebrate freedom this Fourth of July, don't violate this basic American principle.
If you care about freedom, do more than light a sparkler this Fourth of July: Tell Speaker Husted to stand up to the bullies at: 1-800-282-0253.
Janet L. Folger is the President and Founder of Faith2Action - created to win the cultural war by working together with the most effective organizations on the side of faith and family. She hosts a daily radio program, Faith2Action with Janet Folger, (from 2-3 p.m. EST) currently in 27 markets. She also has a 60-second daily commentary that is heard on about 70 stations. The talk show and commentaries can also be heard anywhere on the Faith2Action website at F2A.ORG. She also served as the National Director for the Center for Reclaiming America, founded by Dr. D. James Kennedy [from 1997-2002] where she launched an online effort that resulted in one of the largest pro-family grassroots armies in the nation-more than 500,000 strong.