Freedom of religion and freedom of speech are fundamental to our nation’s security and are guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. When any government official or office does anything to intrude upon or to infringe those rights, their criminal offense should be prosecuted. Demanding any limitation of such rights is a serious breech of duty that public officials need to be held accountable for.
Kahnh Huynh knows something about living in a society devoid of freedom of religion, speech and association.
He was one of millions in Communist Vietnam who fled the police state in rickety boats, got sent to re-education prison camps for the Christian faith or political views or was killed for opposing totalitarianism.
In Kahnh’s case, he risked his life for a chance he and his children could live free in America.
“We could not express our freedom of religion and belief,” he told WND. “We paid … to come to our country (the U.S.), that recognizes human rights of speech and religion.”
Today, Kahnh is a U.S. citizen and Christian pastor whose sermons and communications about homosexuality are being subpoenaed by the lesbian mayor of Houston under the city’s “non-discrimination” law Mayor Annise Parker says was all about her.
As WND first reported, the measure, among other things, creates a special class of citizens for “gender-confused” people to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex.
Parker is using the ordinance to intimidate those who oppose the law and specifically pastors who gathered signatures to repeal it.
They said it couldn’t happen here.
But it is clearly happening today.
In the only nation founded upon a Christian creed, a country established “to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind,” governments are openly, unabashedly and unashamedly harassing citizens teaching and espousing their Christian faith.
In a land founded on the principle of these “self-evident” truths – “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” that being the very purpose of the institution of government, elected and appointed officials are intimidating and, yes, persecuting those simply practicing their spiritual beliefs and convictions in the course of their lives.
It’s not just happening in Houston.
A week earlier, WND exposed the nationwide pattern of dozens of government attacks on Christian bakers, photographers, caterers and others who, as a matter of religious conviction, declined to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies and celebrations.
The criminalization of Christianity in “the land of the free” is here.
It’s a shame what’s happening in the United States today. Our constitution’s first amendment guarantees our freedom of religion and when our government institutions threaten that freedom, those who threaten it must be called to account.
It would be untrue to say ‘the time has come’ for Christians to stand up and work together to ensure our God-given right to speak and teach what the Bible says to others is not abrogated. That time came many, many years ago but was only answered by a handful of what other Christians considered ‘fundamentalist’ or ‘trouble makers.’
It’s now past time for Christians to unite and protest this flagrant abuse of power. I urge you to support freedom of expression, including quoting and teaching the Bible in any and every way you can. Talk about it with your family and friends. Discuss it with church leaders and determine what can be done both locally and nationally to stem this tide of our eroding civil rights.