Attack on people of faith

Christian Coalition of America played a leading role several years ago in ensuring that military chaplains may continue to pray in the name of Jesus by helping members of Congress such as Congressmen Walter Jones, R-NC, Todd Akin, R-MO and Duncan Hunter, R-CA pass legislation ensuring that military chaplains have full religious freedom.

Now Senator Jim DeMint, Republican from South Carolina, has said that there is a provision in Barack Obama's stimulus legislation which is "an attack on people of faith." In both the House bill, passed last week with no Republicans voting for it, and the Senate bill, which may be voted on this week, there is a dangerous provision affecting people of faith which states that the funds from the stimulus bill will not be able to be used to improve facilities that are "used for sectarian instruction, religious worship, or a school or department of divinity...."

In the pork-filled bill passed by only Democrats in the House of Representatives last week, $20 billion is included for infrastructure improvements, including $6 billion to colleges and universities which will have to abide by the anti-faith provisions in the bill. The many churches in America which rent auditorium facilities in public schools for church services and the religious groups which have Bible clubs in public schools, etc., will no longer be able to do so in schools which want to continue to receive federal funding.

It is beyond belief that a large number of Democrat members of Congress are absolutely intent on satisfying the anti-Christian whims of their left-wing supporters and passing legislation putting Christians and other people of faith at an exterme disadvantage in America. This legislation will invite interminable lawsuits by such groups as the American Civil Liberties Union.

People of faith need to call both of their Senators immediately (202-224-3121) to urge them to vote against the stimulus bill with these provisions which were clearly put in the legislation to disadvantage people of faith. They also need to call the White House (202-456-1414) to insist that this discriminatory provision be removed immediately. Time is of the essence.

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