Skip to comments.War on religion ... or just Christianity?
Posted on 12/04/2003 3:34:07 AM PST by JohnHuang2
War on religion ... or just Christianity?
Posted: December 4, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com
The Supreme Court is about to hear a challenge from a former divinity student who was denied a state scholarship because he wanted to study for ministry. The Court appears deeply divided over the case of Joshua Davey, who lost a state merit scholarship when he declared theology as his major.
The Supreme Court is split. At least four justices seem to agree that the state of Washington was within its rights to deny the money to Davey. The other four seemed, according to legal experts, to side with Davey. The swing vote is Sandra Day O'Connor, as is often the case.
The Davey case is critical, since the high court ruled last year that it is constitutional to allow parents to use public money to send their children to private religious schools. So, in this case, the question isn't whether the government can use public money to underwrite religious education. The Court has already decided it can.
What the Court has to decide now is whether or not, when the money is available, it is available equally.
The case began in 1999, when Davey qualified for a Promise Scholarship, a state-funded program for high-achieving students of modest means. The scholarship of about $3,000 never came through, because Davey decided to study for the ministry at Northwest College in Kirkland, Wash.
U.S. Solicitor General Olson told the Court that "the clear and unmistakable message is that religion and preparation for a career in the ministry is disfavored and discouraged." He added that "the person who wants to believe in God or wants to have a position of religious leadership is the one that's singled out for discriminatory treatment."
Justice O'Connor is apparently confused on the issue. She asked Davey's attorney: "How does this violate the student's right to free exercise of religion?" She went on, "Maybe it's more expensive to go to school, but why does that violate his free exercise of religion?"
It seems very obvious to me and I never went to law school. Davey won the scholarship by the standards set up by the state. Once it was awarded, it was taken away for the single reason that he wanted to use it to study for the ministry. It is so clear that it makes me wonder if there is not a deeply ingrained bias against religion held by five members of the Supreme Court.
If the "free exercise of his religion" means he lost a scholarship which he won fair and square because he wants to use it to study for the ministry, then he is clearly being penalized for that particular choice. There is nothing in the Constitution that says a person should be penalized for choosing to study for the Christian ministry.
In fact, there is a clear pattern of precedent established by multiple Supreme Court decisions in past times that would favor such an individual choice. Schools like Harvard University and Princeton University were originally founded to prepare young men for Christian ministry. It is only in recent times that the U.S. government has developed such a bias against Christianity in particular.
Although the state argues that funding Davey's scholarship amounts to a government endorsement of religion, it isn't really "religion" the state is objecting to. It's Christianity. There is always plenty of federal money to promote Islam, Satanism, witchcraft or any other "religion."
Here is a case in point: In California, high-school students at the Byron Unified School District were forced to take a mandatory course in Islam. The course mandates that seventh-graders learn the tenets of Islam, study the important figures of the faith, wear an Arab type robe, adopt a Muslim name and stage their own jihad.
Nancy Castro, principal of the Intermediate-Excelsior School of Byron, claims the course "is not religion, but ancient culture and history. We do not endorse any religion we just make students aware." All it takes is a reading of the course curriculum to confirm that Castro's denial is absolutely false.
The textbook used for the Islamic course, "Across The Centuries," is published by Houghton-Mifflin and has been adopted by the California school system.
This is a much more flagrant case of government endorsement of a religion than the issue of Davey using a scholarship he won to study for the ministry, wouldn't you say?
The real point is this: It isn't religion in general that is under fire in America. There are all kinds of religions that are untouchable. Government-funded schools allow students to study whatever religion they wish just as long as it isn't Christianity.
The Bible predicts that in the "last days" the world will be very religious. In fact, all religions will merge into one and unite with a one-world government. Then this "unholy union" will go all out to wipe Christianity from the face of the Earth. We are in the "last days," and this scenario is rapidly developing.
The sad thing is, Christians are sitting back and doing nothing to stop it.
I don't believe this is a fair or accurate statement! If nothing is being done to stop it then how did a challege get all the way to the supreme court?
Again, folks it will be "Christians" who will try to wipe out Christianity. Mark my words =-(
7:6 'Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.'
7:20 'Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.'
7:21 'Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.'
24:24 'For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.'
False prophets will abound, as will false Christians.
Amen! This is getting fun!
Does Washington State pay unemployment to ministers (or people with ministry degrees) who have lost their jobs?
Is paying unemployment to unemployed ministers a government endorsement of religion?
Any limitations or criterium for receiving the award should have been clearly spelled out beforehand. As it is this is unequivocally discrimination based on a specific religious factor.
Protestant and Biblical/Evangelical Christians aren't fighting this for one reason only, and that is because we are being faithful to the Will, and the Word, of God.
Jesus told us that even as the world hated and persecuted Him [becuse He was Light, and the world loves darkness], so they would persecute and hate those who follow Him.
He also told us that these persecutions and assaults on His faithful would escalate in the End Times, but that when we see this, we should not despair, but rejoice, for it is proof of both His Truth, and that His return is near.
So when Christians don't fight against that which God has predicted and allowed, don't think too harshly of us. Instead, study your Bible and get right with God.
Satan's time on earth is quckly running out. The end draws nigh. Rejoice.
This kind of stuff doesn't belong in a public school. Period. Muslims are free to get their own private schools going if they choose to, just like Christians and Jews and everyone else does.
The government, and school administrations, should have ZERO power to decide what religions are appropriate and which ones are not. That's too much power...
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