Thursday, July 15, 2010
Let's Put God Back in America
Below is from Christian News Wire:
Speaker of North Carolina State House Joe Hackney is under fire this week for firing heroic Pastor Ron Baity who refused to deny Christ. Hackney had pressured the pastor to water-down his prayers, then punished the pastor with exclusion because he held firm to his conscience.
Pastor Ron Baity confirmed his troubles began during the week of May 31 when a House clerk asked to see his invocation which included prayers for our military, state lawmakers, and a petition to God asking him to bless North Carolina.
"When I handed it to the lady, I watched her eyes and they immediately went right to the bottom of the page and the word 'Jesus.' She said 'We would prefer that you not use the name Jesus. We have some people here that can be offended.'"
When Baity protested that he himself would be offended if the government ordered him to deny Christ, she brought the matter to the attention of House Speaker Joe Hackney personally.
Speaker Hackney then decided to disinvite Pastor Baity, that he could pray that day only, but would not be allowed to pray again in the future, and the pastor's services were terminated for the remainder of the week as scheduled, because he prayed "in Jesus' Name."
"I got fired," said Pastor Ron Baity to Fox News Radio, "When the state tells you how to pray, that you cannot use the name of Jesus – that’s mandating a state religion," he said. "They talk about not offending other people but at the same time, if they are telling me how to pray – that’s the very thing our forefathers left England for."
Hackney is now pretending he's not responsible to immediately rescind his own verbal ban on the name of Jesus Christ by instead appointing a six-member "bi-partisan" panel to decide whether "Jesus" is an illegal word.
Both the First Amendment and Articles 13 and 14 of the North Carolina Constitution protect everyone's right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of conscience.
The Pray In Jesus Name Project, led by former Navy Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, (who was himself punished for praying "in Jesus' name" but was vindicated by Congress), has now gathered over 1,000 free petition signatures on the first day of the North Carolina crisis, and has begun faxing all free petition comments to all 120 State House and 50 Senate Members. "That adds up to 170,000 faxed petitions, which are now being delivered instantly, at great cost but with great thanks to small donations from pro-Jesus citizens from all 50 states," said Chaplain Klingenschmitt.
Click here for prayer and petition.
left, Pastor Ron Baity
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