ACLU's 'SEARCH AND DESTROY' AGENDA
By Marsha West
December 8, 2006
Search and Destroy (S&D) missions involve sending out a group of soldiers from a base camp to seek out and destroy the enemy. Often under the cover of darkness a squad or platoon is sent out to set up an ambush for any unsuspecting enemy that might come along. These soldiers conceal themselves and wait to spring the ambush if the enemy wanders into the trap. In a similar way the Bible gives an illustration of Satan laying in wait to ambush Christians. Paul says, �Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.�
In that same vane, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the �Devourer of Religion.� The vast majority of Americans view the ACLU�s hit-squad as God-haters that desire to destroy all vestiges of religion in the public square, and all Judeo-Christian values and beliefs. Why? Because religion gets in the way of their secular-progressive agenda. (See below) ACLU lawyers have done more to attack Christianity than any other organization in America today.
All of this is done under the guise of the alleged �wall of separation between church and state.� This often used phrase is normally attributed to the Constitution. In actuality it came from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson in response to the Danbury Baptist�s concern over a rumor they had heard that the American government was going to set up a national church, much like the Anglican Church in England. In the letter, Jefferson explained to the clergymen that the Founding Fathers had set up a wall of separation between church and state to prevent that from happening in America.
Jefferson, in his private letter to the Baptists, was not calling for absolute separation! Regardless, in 1947 the Supreme Court took a simple statement intended to imply that government wouldn�t interfere with the church and they distorted it. The court used Jefferson�s letter to create a new interpretation of the First Amendment. The result was an interpretation that went well beyond the Framer�s original intent.
The Framers believed that religious liberty was vital and requires a separation of church and state to protect churches and individuals from government intervention. In order to sustain a self-governing republic there must be a moral citizenry. The Framers, which included President George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, viewed religion as necessary for morality. In other words, morality is necessary for a republican government to survive.
Herein lies the problem. Christianity contends that morality does not depend on individual preferences. According to Charles W. Carter, �The Biblical morality is based upon a fourfold assumption, or faith. First, it assumes the existence of a personal, supreme and sovereign God, a God so absolutely sovereign that He can afford to allow a high degree of freedom within His realms. Second, it assumes that God is Himself a moral being. In the third place it assumes that God has personally revealed His essential moral character and will to man. And, fourth, it assumes the ability of man to receive God's revelation of His moral character and will, and to act in accordance therewith.�
In his recent commentary Albert Mohler contends that America is in the midst of a great battle of worldviews. What he calls �a conflict over the most basic issues of truth and meaning. A worldview that starts with the existence and sovereign authority of the self-revealing God of the Bible will be diametrically opposed to worldviews that deny God or engage in what we might call 'defining divinity down.' At the heart of this controversy lies the irreducible obstacle of biblical authority. As a matter of fact, it may be impossible to overestimate the true depth of postmodern antipathy to the Bible--at least to the Bible as an authoritative revelation from God.�
The ACLU vs. Christianity comes down to a collision between two opposing worldviews. Nancy Pearcy calls it the �secular and the sacred.� The conflict will never be resolved. How can it be when the Christian worldview is seen through the prism of the Bible and the secular worldview is seen through the prism of the Secular Humanist bible, the Humanist Manifesto. According to Christiananswers.net the Humanist Manifesto is a living growing faith,
The Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM) describes a worldview thus:
As I stated above, the Christian�s presuppositions and beliefs come from the pages of Scripture, nowhere else. CARM continues,
The battle continues to rage between moral relativism and absolute truth. The Bible tells us that ultimately Truth will win out. In the meantime the worldview battle is becoming uglier and uglier, largely due to the constant barrage of attacks against religion by the secular humanist liberals on the ACLU�s payroll.
Just what is the Secular Humanist worldview? First and foremost Secular Humanists are naturalists. A naturalist believes that nature is all that exists. �The Cosmos is all there is, or was, or ever will be.� This was the late Carl Sagan�s opening line on the television series �Cosmos.� Sagan was a noted astronomer and a proud secular humanist. Sagan maintained that the God of the Bible was nonexistent. (Imagine Sagan�s astonishment when he came face to face with his Maker.)
A Secular Humanist presupposes that man was not supernaturally created; he is an evolved species. To put it another way, more complex life forms have evolved from less complex life forms. CARM gives this explanation:
Secular and Sacred. Darkness and Light. Two conflicting worldviews. �What do darkness and light have in common?� asked the Apostle Paul. His answer? Nothing! Darkness (secular-progressives) will always toil to smother the Light (Judeo/Christian religion). The Light will crack through the Darkness.
Edwin Meese, Fellow of Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation, warns that liberal extremists and their special-interest backers wield enormous power in this country. �[T]hey increasingly turn to the courts to advance their agenda. Their words and deeds continue to undermine our society, confound the rule of law and leave America measurably weaker against the most barbaric of enemies. Worst of all, these radicals push us ever further from the timeless principles of government and society set forth in the Constitution more than two centuries ago.�
Mr. Meese believes in the rule of law and the Constitution and has expressed concerns over some of the Supreme Courts recent rulings, particularly on eminent domain. �[I]t was just over a year ago,� says Meese, �that the Supreme Court undermined one of civilization�s most basic rights, the right to keep property, by ruling that the government may take your property from you and give it to someone else for their private use.�
As I type these words the freedom of Christian people to express their faith is under attack by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. They want any mention of religion purged from the public square. They�re determined to rid America of any evidence of religious faith. It�s disturbing that the ACLU opposes public displays of the Moral Lawgiver (God) but supports partial-birth abortion. The Judeo/Christian religion has no place in the public square, yet the religion of Secular Humanism does? Scientist David Menton asks these intriguing questions,
Following are some of the things the ACLU opposes and supports,
To be fair the ACLU attorneys represent people of faith on occasion. They�ve even represented a second grader whose public school barred him from singing �Awesome God� in a talent show. There are also ACLU attorneys who say they�re Christians. However, that�s the exception not the rule. The rule is that the ACLU is hostile toward religion. The ACLU does not represent the average American�s values. In fact, they despise Judeo/Christian values. Their current lawsuits include opposing prayer at public meetings, opposing tax exemptions for all churches, and preventing the free speech of pro-life protesters.
Something most Americans aren�t aware of is that the American Civil Liberties Union was founded by Roger Nash Baldwin who, at the time of its founding, was knee-deep in the communist movement. Eventually he became disillusioned with the movement and removed the communists from the board of the ACLU. But Baldwin remained a staunch socialist until his death in 1981. Baldwin�s advice to Louis Lochner of the socialist People�s Council in Minnesota, 191.
Like the military�s search and destroy missions, the ACLU has set up an ambush and are laying in wait for their unsuspecting enemy. They must conceal their mission, which is to remove religion from the public square. So be alert!
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Marsha West is the Founder and Editor of the E-Mail Brigade News Report, an online news report for conservative people of faith. Marsha is a freelance writer specializing in Christian worldview. She is a regular contributor to NewsWithViews.com, Alainsnewsletter.com, CapitolHillCoffeeHouse.com, plus her commentaries appear in MichNews.com and bibleteacher.org.
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In that same vane, the American Civil Liberities Union (ACLU) is the �Devourer of Religion.� The vast majority of Americans view the ACLU�s hit-squad as God-haters that desire to destroy all vestages of religion in the public square, and all Judeo-Christian values and beliefs.