What will you do???
By: Carolyn Hileman
When one woman decided to have prayer ripped from our public schools, when the ACLU said we could no longer pray at school-sporting events, when our children could no longer mention Gods name in their graduation speeches, when one man fought not to have a statue of the Ten Commandments taken away, when our children could no longer have Christmas parties, sing Christian songs in school choir, the churches cited their tax exempt status as the reason they could not stand up to those rulings. Recently we have seen God taken from the certificate that goes with the flag when requested, we have seen the name hidden from view on the Washington monument, we have seen our veterans ordered not to cite the reasons for the way the flag is folded at all national cemeteries. Each time these atrocities occur it falls on the congregation to call, email and write to try and stop them because the church supposedly cannot speak up because it might lose its tax exempt status, and they ask us for money, each and every time we are alerted to some travesty it is enclosed in a would you please give us money to fight this when we all know if anyone is going to do the fighting it will be us.
Ever wonder why Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton do not lose their tax exempt status, we all know they are so deep in democratic politics they either swim or drown? That is because according to the IRS churches are automatically exempt from taxes and there is no clause of any kind that prevents them from getting into politics. Now one might say they didnâ€™t know, and I might respond that it is their business to know. So the simple fact of the matter is all of those times when the church should have spoken out it remained silent and it did not do so under any threat what so ever. But they can speak up now, they can publicly defy immigration law and suddenly they are not afraid of losing their tax exempt status, which tells me they were never afraid in the first place.
Right at 1100 people in the Catholic Church in Oklahoma signed a statement today pledging to defy the new Oklahoma immigration laws. Now one has to wonder what happens to the parish members who refused to sign that pledge. Will they now be outcasts? Does the priest in their own church now consider them racists; are they suddenly in league with the devil? Just how much have they given to that church over the years in time and money and because they refuse to defy the law they are no longer among the good Catholics? If tomorrow abortion was suddenly illegal, would the church open its doors to those seeking abortion? After all even they can say they are just doing it to better their lives, would we shelter those people who had an abortion even though it was illegal. What about thieves, prostitutes, murderers, if we are to openly defy the laws of the land for one shouldnâ€™t we be prepared to do it for all?
They preach about how they are not illegal they are human and yet so is the rapist, the murderer and the prostitute if we are called to love everyone and give sanctuary to any human needing it then are we not also called to love the thief that just broke into our home and shouldnâ€™t we as good Christians call the priest or pastor to come help that poor soul and not 911? Might I ask, why it was that not a one of them would risk speaking out when it was decided my daughter and sons could not pray in school? Was that not important enough to take a stand? Why is it when the people who have supported the churches and have built the churches need the church they turn a deaf ear and when people who are in the country in violation of federal and state laws need them suddenly they can find their voices?
Tonight as I am writing this I am having serious questions about my faith, I have always been a strong catholic since I came into the church almost eighteen years ago. But tonight, I am having serious doubts about my church, my friends in the church; just about everything at this point and I have to wonder what will happen should my church decide to do this. What will they say and do when I refuse to sign anything that says I will openly defy the law. Does it make me evil that I want the laws of the land followed? What about the cops in the church do they get dispensation for not signing? The church is standing at the edge of a cliff and I will not commit mass suicide with them. If your pastor or priest brings forward a piece of paper and asks you to sign that you will openly defy the law on immigration what will you do???
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776
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