We did attend The Response on Saturday, and were very pleased with the positive atmosphere inside the stadium. True to their promises, the speakers were apolitical, and general love toward all men was the sentiment of the rally.
When we left the arena, we noticed a small biplane circling the arena. According to the banner, it was sponsored by Freedom from Religion. As we headed toward the highway, we did see the thirty or so protesters who were on the opposite side of the entrance from the participants. They were shouting and had vitriolic messages concerning God’s wrath for the participants of the prayer and fasting event.
As we watched the news coverage Saturday evening, we heard that Mayor Parker was hosting a Ramadan feast for the Muslims of the city at the George R. Brown Convention center. There was not a protest to be seen from the ACLU or the Freedom from Religion group. I glanced through Sunday and today’s paper, and did not find a mention of this event. Surely religious event is also a violation of the ‘separation of Church and State.’
Here are some observations:
- The local television media focused on the protestors rather than the participants of The Response
- The newspaper ran a front page article concerning The Response, and showed two photos of participants with one photo of protesters.
- The television news announced the annual Ramadan feast, but I could not find a mention of it in the newspaper.
- There were no protests concerning the Ramadan feast from laity or pastoral staff concerning the separation issue.
What can we conclude from this: Separation of church and state only applies to the Christian religious events. If this is the case, and the two events this weekend are the only evidence presented here, then really, the issue is not about separation of church and state, but separation of Christ and state. Judging from the numbers of participants (thirty thousand) and protesters (thirty), it would seem that if we have a government ‘of the people, by the people and for the people,’ this separation is really a non issue.
It is my prayer and my hope that the Christian church will once again rise up and take its rightful place in our society.
What do you think?
Until next time,