On Chosen Generation Radio today Michael Farris, Chancellor of Patrick Henry College (http://www.phc.edu) joined Pastor Greg to discuss the issues associated with the RFRA law which originated in 1993, because of the Supreme Court decision Employment Vs Smith which created a nearly impossible burden to secure the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. For that reason an unusual coalition was formed to put through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993, a bill sponsored by then Congressman Charles Schumer and Senator Ted Kennedy. Such liberal icons as the ACLU joined the Traditional Values Coalition, the National Association of Evangelicals and the American Jewish Congress to support the RFRA. The bill had only 3 dissenting votes from both houses of Congress and was signed by then President Bill Clinton. On todays show Michael discusses how a change in orthodoxy has caused the liberal elitists to reject RFRA and how big corporate entities caused Governor Mike Pence of Indiana to cave in on a revised version of RFRA in Indiana which now provides no protection for persons or businesses attempting to exercise their faith in making public decisions. Make no mistake Governor Pence is a man of deep convictions and faith and his buckling is what Michael calls a watershed moment for America on the subject of Religious Freedom and constitutional integrity. We have now gone passed the point of being able to conduct business in America and hold to biblical values. The florist in Washington, the baker in Colorado and the photographer in New Mexico, along with the US Naval Chaplain are clear indications of what has become of our freedoms and liberties.
Martin NiemÖller uttered this famous quote;
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
They have come for the businesses and for the street preachers and for the military service members. All that is left is the churches and they remain silent. When will the church rise up and say no more?
Listen in to the interview here: