Foundation Defends City Council Prayer Against Atheist Attack

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Foundation Defends City Council Prayer Against Atheist Attack

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BIRMINGHAM CITY HALL

The Foundation for Moral Law (http://www NULL.morallaw NULL.org/) (FML) in Montgomery, Alabama, founded by Judge Roy Moore, sent a letter today (http://www NULL.morallaw NULL.org/PDF/FML_letter_BhamCityCouncil&Mayor_prayer,%204 NULL.14 NULL.10 NULL.pdf) to the City Council of Birmingham, Alabama (http://www NULL.informationbirmingham NULL.com/birmingham-city-council NULL.aspx), and Mayor William Bell, Sr. (http://www NULL.informationbirmingham NULL.com/birmingham-mayors-office NULL.aspx) explaining that prayers offered at city meetings are constitutional and an important part of American history. On April 8, 2010, the Wisconsin-based atheist group, Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), sent the Council a letter (http://www NULL.ffrf NULL.org/uploads/legal/SKMBT_C35210040814530%281%29 NULL.pdf) complaining about prayers being spoken at city meetings. FML attorney Ben DuPré told the City Council that the Constitution is on the Council’s side and urged it to “continue scheduling prayers without censorship and with the full freedom of religion that the First Amendment guarantees.”

Read the Foundation for Moral Law letter defending prayer at Birmingham City Council meetings here. (http://www NULL.morallaw NULL.org/PDF/FML_letter_BhamCityCouncil&Mayor_prayer,%204 NULL.14 NULL.10 NULL.pdf)

Judge Roy Moore said of FFRF’s baseless threat letter, “This is just another example of removing prayer from our society. I support Mayor Bell and the Birmingham City Council in their efforts to keep morality in civil government, which is something we need throughout the State and Nation.”

FML explained in its letter that radical secularist groups like FFRF and the ACLU routinely send bullying letters to city and county legislative bodies that contain distorted legal claims in the hopes of intimidating local officials into stopping prayers or at least censoring the content thereof. “In reality,” FML assured the City Council, “the law is on your side,” citing the First Amendment and the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding legislative prayer in Marsh v. Chambers, 463 U.S. 783 (1983) (http://www NULL.law NULL.cornell NULL.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0463_0783_ZO NULL.html).

FML encouraged the City Council to “not be cowed by the FFRF in its nationwide crusade to remake America into its own secular, atheist image. If local bodies like the Birmingham City Council stand up to their intimidation tactics, the FFRF won’t have a prayer.”

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  1. Mark R Bowen says:

    Who are/is this “Freedom From Religion Foundation?” Sound like a bunch of communists to me. If they do not want to believe in God, more power to them. They have NO RIGHT to attempt to impose their beliefs on anyone else. This is the United States of America and I will pray anytime and anywhere I wish to and NO ONE is going to tell me otherwise. The first one of these Godless liberal pukes that even tries to impede my right to pray will find itself looking at me from the floor.

  2. Stephanie Ross says:

    This issue of public prayer has been with me for some time, because I have not had a chance to discuss my thought. I believe that if the First Amendment protects the practice of religion, then why should the government be able to prohibit prayer? Certainly prayer must be the most fundamental practice of religion. As to where the cut off is from the practice of religion to the institution of religion is is another matter. However in a nation where freedom of religion is law, then to deny individuals the right to public prayer should not hold water.

  3. Linda Templet says:

    Mark this is exactly how the “Freedom From Religion Foundation” thinks. They also think that we, the Bible believing Christians of our United States of America, have no right to attempt to impose our beliefs on anyone else. Trouble is–they are gaining power in the courts while the so called Christians are still silently praying about what to do.

    It makes me feel good to see you getting mad and angry. God needs many people like you and me to get angry. Christians are taught to be meek, kind and gentle people. They are taught not to get mad or angry, but wait, didn’t Jesus get angry in Matthew 21:12, “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And he said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of theives”.

    Jesus was angry and he did something about it during his moment of anger. He stopped it from happening.

    The atheist groups are using the tactic of OUT OF SIGHT–OUT OF MIND.

    When will the Dead IN CHRIST arise and come out of their graves and grave clothes? That will happen when they begin to understand what they are reading in the Bible. Understandest what thou readest? Dead people have no life in them at all. While they are in their graves, they let people walk all over them. They don’t walk, talk, move, see, hear, think, or feel. They are in a deep sleep.

    This will all stop once the Spirit of Anger enters into the Spirits of the Dead Christians of America. This Spirit of Anger will stir the dead Christian spirits; the thinking, feeling, motiving part of man, up inside and wake them up, just like it did you. You are ALIVE–your not dead–just like Jesus. He’s ALIVE and the Spirit of Jesus lives INSIDE of me.

    Be angry but SIN not. Christians must stand up together on this ISSUE of an Establishment of Religon being out of sight– out of mind. Where is our Freedom to Vote on this Issue? Didn’t they take a vote on Gay Marriage? Let every America born citizen vote on whether or not they want Gods Laws from the King James Version of the Bible to be the Supreme Judge for the Laws of our land. The King James Version of the Bible or any revised editions would be our MORAL CONSTITUTION for the United States of America. That is what the Bible is–It is a MORAL CONSTITUTION.

    Could our anger stir us up to start thinking about this?

  4. Atheism New Zealand (http://www NULL.atheism NULL.org NULL.nz) says:

    Richard Dawkins and his way of speaking has helped me make a nice clean transition from superstitious thinking and illogical religious belief to rational thinking and reason. My life has never been better.

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