Stories as above abound in several countries in the Western world showing the continued marginalization of the Church in her erstwhile stronghold, now taken over by atheism and Islam. Apparently, the last battleground, in this war, is “God’s own country” itself – the United States. A few recent examples: According to Fox News (June 8), the Child Evangelism Fellowship which has worked with underprivileged kids for over 70 years has now been banned from conducting Bible study classes in public housing projects in Tulsa, Oklahoma – within the so-called “Bible Belt”. This is despite of a US Supreme court ruling that religious groups are not to be discriminated against in the use of public institutions. CEF has been hosting its summer program in these particular housing projects for over 20 years. The program was designed to keep children from falling victim to the temptations of drugs and crime.
A bewildered local chapter leader of CEF told the press: "They said they have a policy now whereby we can't come in and talk about God or Christ, We can come in and play games and talk about moral things, but we can't mention the name of God."
In the same God’s own country, a federal district judge, Casey Rodgers, has instigated criminal charges against Frank Lay, a high school principal, and his athletic director, Robert Freeman for the crime of praying. According to court records, Lay is accused of asking Freeman to offer a blessing before a luncheon at Pace (Florida) High School for people who helped with the school's new fieldhouse. The two-some ‘trouble makers’ face possible jail terms. (Pensacola News Journal).
Even more chilling are the signs of things yet to come in the United States. At the current time, a bill requiring anyone receiving school loans, among others, to serve at least three months as part of a volunteer brigade has smoothly sailed through the House of Reps. This is in line with one of the key campaign themes of President Obama. The Bill HR1388, titled "Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education" (GIVE) intends to recruit one million American youth into what is being called the Obama Youth Brigade.
The real problem are the restrictions to be imposed on any student that wishes to participate in the brigade. According to Section 125 (42 U.S.C. 12575) of the bill, “A participant in an approved national service position under this subtitle may not among other conditions, engage “in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization. ..” (see www.snopes.com/politics/obama/give.asp). In other words, if you want a government loan for school, you must stop serving in Church or sharing the gospel. Absolutely incredible!