“Athens, A Call for Religious Freedom!”
Ray Myers, Coordinator
Kaufman County Tea Party
On December 17, 2011 the forces who seek to destroy our religious freedom was sent a message.
Our call-to-action was answered beyond our dreams. The atheist organization from Wisconsin, “The Freedom From Religion Form” filed a complaint to remove the nativity scene from the Courthouse square in Athens, Texas
Over five thousand God and country-loving patriots went to Athens to tell the world, “It is our nativity and you cannot take it!”
We must not let the excitement die down. Whether you came to Athens or not, we have set into motion the foundation of a plan to stop those who would steal our religion, our liberty, and our country. The challenge is before us and if we will get to work planning, organizing, and expanding our network, victory will be ours.
Let us not forget that our forefathers knew that we were not fighting for America’s freedom alone—See the words of Patrick Henry concerning God and the nation:
Patrick Henry had more than knowledge of history. Patrick Henry knew their victory was guaranteed not only by the lamp of experience, but also because they served a “just God who presides over the destinies of nations” and when standing for Liberty, a gift from God, they could not fail.
He declared, “We are three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.”
Friends, here is our mission!
Each and every grassroots Texan should contact their minister. Challenge him or her to join together and end these attacks. Let’s unite the grassroots Tea Party Texans with churches across the state and nation, and win for God and country. With what I saw in Athens on the 17th, this goal is highly achievable.
Pastor Marty Reid of the Trinity Family Church in Forney, and I met and discussed the alliance between about thirty pastors, including Pastor Reid. The purpose was to join together and inform the IRS that the churches represented by the pastors involved, were going to practice their First Amendment right to free speech from the pulpit, by discussing issues that affect all Americans, including politics. This was intended to be a direct challenge to the Johnson Amendment, passed in 1954 and sponsored by then-Senator Lyndon Johnson, prohibiting churches from engaging in any political campaign activity. This restriction has denied pastors the freedom of speech that is guaranteed to all citizens. The Alliance Defense Fund has offered to defend the pastors if the IRS chooses to respond to their challenge. See the link to the Alliance Defense Fund. It will answer many questions concerning the Church and our political challenge.
Thank God that we have ministers who are willing to put it on the line for our freedoms and liberties. It is long overdue that we drew a line in the sand and said, “Enough!” I am told that this alliance of ministers and pastors has grown from approximately 30 to over 500. The timing and success of the event in Athens should signify that our grassroots tea parties and church communities should join forces to save our country and our religious freedoms. The church community and the grassroots community have enough common ground to achieve this goal.
I have personally ask Pastor Reid to contact ministers all over Kaufman County, asking them to meet with me. The purpose will be to encourage them join with us. Together we will construct a united front for God and country. These individuals will be encouraged to pledge to aid the Tea Party in taking our communities, religion, and country back from those who want us to surrender all. Shortly after this initial meeting I will send out an email request that we all come together on February 18. Leaders from across the state—stand by. We will see how this goes, however begin to contact your ministers now.
Tea Party Texans– this is a winning strategy– let’s get to work.
If you are interested—please start contacting ministers of all faiths in your area. This project is not limited to Kaufman County. Anyone who loves America and freedom is invited to take part.
In closing, Christmas Day has past and we have now begun 2012 and I invite you to think about one of the greatest writers of all time, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He had just gone through one of the bleakest periods of his life. He had lost his beloved wife in 1861 and his son had been severely wounded in the Civil War. On Christmas Day in 1865 he penned the words to the famous carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”
“Henry awoke from his despair and realized that God is not dead and is still the Giver of peace and hope. He knew that God promises victory to those who trust in Christ and will stand for God’s gifts. He was able to express that hope in the phrase, “God is not dead; nor does he sleep! The Wrong shall fail; the Right prevails, With peace on earth, good-will to men!” That same promise belongs to us, the greatest nation this world has ever known. We simply must place our trust in the right place.”
God has given us, “Our America.” Together we must unite to save her.
Our target date for the steering committee to meet in Kaufman County is January 24. The date for the general meeting when we want all to attend is February 18. We will be organizing and looking to that date.
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