Everyday our nation is exposed to unconstitutional attacks on our religious freedom. Alliance for Religious Freedom (ARF) aims to align citizens in the truth of our Godly heritage and refute the “myth” of separation of church and state. “The only truth regarding the myth of separation of church and state, is that the churches in our nation have separated themselves from the activities of the state–and that’s to the detriment of the state and its people.” George Barna
The Founding Fathers considered religious liberty to be the foundational principle in the new United States. That is why religious liberty is listed first in the Bill of Rights because without it, all other freedoms are unattainable. The First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . .”
Our entire system of government has been built on the assumption that our rights come from our Creator, not the government. Certainly, the Founders acknowledged that allegiance to God precedes allegiance to the state. ARF has been formed to educate Americans and inspire them to join us in exposing, confronting and reversing the growing hostility towards religious expression. It starts with an understanding of the Founding Fathers original intent. Then, in turn, each individual can reintroduce these religious freedom rights back into our culture, beginning with their own circle of influence. With the free flow of internet communication, it can be as easy as posting these truths of our Godly heritage on FaceBook, reaching their circle of influence instantly. We are blessed with the easiest time in history to initiate and spark another Great Awakening in America!
ARF believes, as did the Founding Fathers, that freedom cannot exist without the foundation of religious morals and values being upheld in our culture. They are critical to the success of our republic. The hostility towards religious expression has been on the rise in America because the church has forgotten about the stewardship government that God had entrusted them with. ARF believes that the hostility being expressed towards public religious expression is a direct result of the lack of “Christian influence” in the public arena. Christians have fallen asleep and allowed the basis of politics to be changed from righteousness (God’s right and wrong) to economics. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things (economics) shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). We want to partner with the church and people of faith to once again be “the light of truth” and engage our culture with the Biblical principles that founded our nation. “The Church’s assignment is to be the moral and cultural conscience of the nation.” Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. – Church of Hope in Beltsville, Maryland
America’s religious freedom is Biblically given, but must be politically protected. For over 150 years, Congress and the Supreme Court refused to separate Christian principles from the public arena. ARF is an organization whose goal is to unite citizens who will be advocates for the forgotten truth of America’s Godly heritage and expose the injustices done to our religious freedom by the justice system. The same Biblical principles that birthed this great nation are now considered unconstitutional by the courts and hostile groups like the ACLU. Therefore, our government and the courts have been empowered by the “myth of separation of church and state” and have violated the original sense of the Constitution by actually “prohibiting” the “free exercise” of religion!
The responsibility for the condition of our nation today is not (what the media likes to term) the “radical left” or the “ultra-conservative right” but those people who claim they know the truth but are not faithfully declaring that truth to others.
Blessings – Thomas Hughes
“We The People” have a responsibility to God and country “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” as per the First Amendment.
I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but I watched 60 Minutes last night and CBS allowed an ad from Ron Reagan, “Freedom From Religion.” I was appalled at his atheist comments and somehow Christians need an ad to counter it. One day, everyone will stand before God. “Everybody Talks to God”, Aaron Lewis. You have the platform to counter his ad.
Sincerely, Valerie O’Neal