Would our Founding fathers approve of the laws that we have created based on their principles?
Many countries all over the world were based on the concepts of equality, justice, and freedom. Our soldiers fought valiantly in several major wars- many losing their lives- just so that we could live in a society free from oppression. They fought so that we had freedom to chose, freedom to live, and freedom to express our opinions without fear of persecution.
Have we maintained those principles?
Some Say no, while others say yes
Some individuals would indeed say yes when they examine the laws that our founding fathers had set out. They would say that we have written laws that are inclusive and fair to all people- no matter whether you are born here or have immigrated, whether you are male/female/trans, your religion, etc. They would comment that there indeed is an equality and an acceptance written in our laws that protects the rights and freedoms of all citizens.
And there are others who would say, no… that we have deviated from the founding father’s original intent.
Those who would disagree are mostly looking at history. Historically, all of our founding fathers were Christian, and the laws were based on those principles. Now, when confronted with this argument, many in other denominations would cite that most of these beliefs and laws that were incorporated use universal themes present in most if not all religions. Then this argument becomes a moot point.
Yet, systematically, God and many Christian freedoms are being stripped away from our legal system in an attempt to be inclusive. However, some of these laws don’t celebrate nor protect what makes many of us different in the first place- nor are differences always protected.
The perfect example is the well-known, and still ongoing case of Masterpiece Cakeshop. The Colorado bakeshop was sued for the third time last June by Autumn Scardina for refusing to bake a gender transition cake because it violates his Christian beliefs.
Jack Phillips was sued last year for refusing to bake a same-sex wedding cake for the same reasons, and won. The Supreme Court ruled the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed “anti-religion bias” when filing discrimination charges.
Scardina attempted to sue Phillips through the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, but the case was dropped in March due to “anti-religious hostility” between the state and the bakery.
Scardina took matters further, and decided to pursue litigation citing that the bakery expressed in front of the Supreme Court that they would bake for the LGBTQ community, but that a wedding cake was a conflict of their religious beliefs.
So who wins? Whose rights will be protected, in this case, and why? Will Scardina receive the cake that they wanted despite it being against Phillips’ beliefs, or will his beliefs be protected under freedom of religion and Scardina’s desire for equality suffer? Which is right in the eyes of God keeping in mind that God is a God of justice, is no respecter of persons, equality, and asks us to uphold His commandments.
Ken Klein discusses whether or not we have deviated from the original intent of the laws that our founding fathers have created, and whether Jesus can indeed be brought back into our laws. He also talks about how we, as Christians, can make a difference, and addresses many of our reluctance to do so.
This feature and more in our next issue of Faith Filled Family Magazine, coming out on August 27, 2019!