WASHINGTON, July 26, 2013 — In Russian, the word, pravda, means truth. During the Cold War, Pravda was the name of the leading Russian newspaper. That was something of a joke to the west since the truth never appeared in the pages of Pravda.
Now a Russian is giving the west a dose of pravda.
His name is Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church. Metropolitan is the title given to certain Bishops of the Orthodox Church.
Recently, he warned that the west is sliding to secularist totalitarianism. This warning should be a wakeup call coming from a nation that spent over seventy years under the boot of such a regime.
In America, we are seeing an all out war against the traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs that gave rise to this nation, gave rise to the traditions and freedoms that made this nation great and that most Americans support.
Metropolitan Hilarion could have been channeling Benjamin Franklin when he warned, “Eventually, it unconsciously strives to set up an absolute dictatorship that demands total control over each member of society. Don’t we move to it when ‘for the sake of security’ we agree to obligatory electronic passports, dactyloscopy [fingerprint identification] for everyone, and photo cameras occurring everywhere?”
In America we are seeing all of these things, plus the assault on the religious underpinnings of liberty.
In a speech last year, as Barack Obama celebrated the end of Ramadan, he said, “Of all the freedoms we cherish as Americans, of all the rights that we hold sacred, foremost among them is freedom of religion, the right to worship as we choose.”
The First Amendment is more than freedom to worship as we choose. In most communist nations, their constitutions included the promise that someone had the freedom to worship.
What that meant is that you could worship as you saw fit. You just could not take it out of your church. Under Obama, we are seeing this attack on not only freedom of religion but also the freedom to form opinions or even to disagree.
In Alaska recently, a Chaplain at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska had a column he wrote for the base website censored. The title of his column was, “No Atheists in foxholes: Chaplains gave all in World War II.”
The radical left wing group, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation immediately went into action, firing off an email to the base commander. They demanded the post be taken down. It was and the base commander apologized profusely.
That was not good enough for the radicals at MRFF who are now demanding that the Chaplin be punished for hate speech.
MRFF is just one group that is engaged in an all out assault against religious freedom in America. MRFF demanded that a painting be covered up at Mountain Home Air Force base because it referenced a bible verse.
In Ohio, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a radical hate group, has demanded that the Star of David be removed from a Holocaust memorial in Ohio. They claim it is a state endorsement of religion.
The radical left in America is pushing an all out assault on religious freedom in America. This is more than just an assault on religious freedom. It is an assault on freedom itself.
The left does not believe in the right to disagree. The left is, at its core, a collectivist ideology. Either you must believe what the collective believes, not matter how evil or absurd, or you must be destroyed.
The left believes there is no god other than liberalism and there can be no competing gods or ideologies.
The far left, as Americans commonly refer to it as communism or socialism, has been responsible for most of the worst atrocities and genocides of the last hundred years.
The byproducts of socialism are poverty, tyranny and far too often, mass murder.
The left’s war against religion in America is not just a culture war. It is a war for freedom and liberty. Whether you believe or not, you must participate in this battle.
Our founding fathers said that our liberties were not given by a man but by our creator and therefore no man could take those rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness away.
If we lose this battle for freedom, there is another Russian word Americans had better get used to; gulag.
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