The latest American crime - praying! Opinion, by Chuck Baldwin.

A Modern-Day Daniel
By Chuck Baldwin

The Biblical story of Daniel in the lion's den is one of the more famous
stories of the Old Testament. In the story, Daniel is commanded to not pray
by a decree from King Darius.  Imagine that! Can you imagine any government
forbidding its people to pray? What kind of totalitarian state would do such
a thing? OK, perhaps Red China or North Korea, but that's about it, right?
Oh, did I mention that Daniel was a government employee? (I guess the ACLU
has been around a lot longer than everyone thought.)

Well, friends, think again. The nation that is resurrecting the totalitarian
policies of old King Darius is none other than the good old United States of

For example, in an adjoining county to my hometown in Florida, a federal
district judge by the name of Casey Rodgers has instigated criminal charges
against a high school principal by the name of Frank Lay and his athletic
director, Robert Freeman. Their crime: praying. Their possible sentence:
jail. Darius' prosecutors are federal attorneys Randy Hensel and Dixie

According to court records, Lay is accused of asking Freeman to offer a
blessing before a January 28 luncheon at Pace (Florida) High School for
people who helped with the school's new fieldhouse.

And guess what? The documents in which the judge sought the criminal charges
are sealed, meaning they are not open to public view. Why they are sealed,
an unusual step, could not immediately be determined. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal)

Egad! A school employee asked to offer a blessing at a luncheon! Jail is not
enough: to the lion's den with him! Or maybe even the burning fiery furnace!

What's that, you say, about religious liberty, the First Amendment, state
sovereignty, and the Tenth Amendment? Those things are but relics from the
"old republic." They are but memories of a bygone era. This is a new day, a
new Amerika.

In today's Amerika, federal dictates are tantamount to the Law of the Medes
and Persians. Federal judges have the authority of Caesars. Federal courts
rule over states and local communities, as did Britain's royal governors in
the original 13 Colonies. Federal police agencies use force and intimidation
not unlike Hitler's SS. In short, this monstrosity known as the federal
government has become a ubiquitous, gargantuan, out-of-control leviathan
that is eating up the liberties (not to mention the tax dollars) of the
American people faster than Elizabeth Taylor went through husbands.

Of course, since the feds are now jailing people who pray, there are other
candidates they must consider worthy of the lion's den: those antiquated
preachers who still quote the Bible's condemnation of homosexuality should
also be cast into their pit. And, surely, the feds will want to add people
who yet read (and believe) the words of George Washington, Patrick Henry,
and Thomas Jefferson to the list of condemned.

And what about all those deluded souls out there who still believe in the
right of the people to keep and bear arms? The feds must surely believe that
they belong in the furnaces. Then there are the misguided simpletons who
believe that free markets are superior to socialized medicine. Maybe they
are the ones who will inhabit all these empty prison compounds we see the
feds putting up all over the country.

Well, why not? People who believe in the right to life; who believe illegal
immigration must stop; who oppose the United Nations, the New World Order,
and gun control; and who voted for Ron Paul or Chuck Baldwin have already
made it to the feds' "potential terrorists" list. What's next? The lion's

Let's face it: the America our forefathers bequeathed to us is dead and
dying! All that is left are vestiges of a once-proud and free republic. As
the Scripture says, "Woe be unto them that call evil good, and good evil."
And there is another verse of Scripture that applies here: "For rulers are
not a terror to good works."

But in Pace, Florida, a good man who is doing a good work (Frank Lay) is
being terrorized by an oppressive federal government that is behaving as
badly as did old King Darius. Therefore, from an historic, constitutional,
and Biblical perspective, it is both an illegitimate and unlawful power.

Only when the various "free and independent states" begin reclaiming their
sovereignty and standing up to this tyrannical federal leviathan in defense
of their God-given liberties will the rights and freedoms of the American
people begin to reemerge. Until then, Frank Lay faces jail for PRAYING.

Yes, America has a modern-day Daniel.

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