Religious Liberty

The Bitter Irony of the Day of Silence

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What if I told you that pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) activists are working tirelessly to infiltrate schools and influence children across the country? What if I said activists were taunting and bullying kids in public school and shaming them regarding their religious beliefs that favor traditional marriage? Read More

Science, Social Studies and…Satanism?

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bigbooksatIn Orange County, Florida, The Satanic Temple has released a statement that it will push to introduce Satanism into schools with reading materials such as The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities. Another informative material includes the title Jesus is dead. Under the guise of tolerance for others, the propagated resources promote satanic ideas where kids can complete “activities” like connect the “dots to learn how to draw an inverted pentagram.” According to news sources, The Satanic Temple doesn’t actually believe the devil is real but preaches religious tolerance — which doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense, but that is a whole other subject. Regarding religious tolerance, that’s all good and well, but there is one thing we must get correct. Make no mistake; the devil is real and roaming the earth looking for people to devour. While it’s wrong to assign to Satan power he doesn’t have, it’s also just as dangerous to let down our guard and believe the false claim that he doesn’t exist.

Religious liberty means freedom to practice whatever religion you choose. Unfortunately, that includes Satanism. While I plead with everything in me for people not to follow satanic teachings, I have no control over the beliefs of others. Religious liberty is a personal choice — as it should be. However, I want to discuss the serious implications that will result if we categorize satanic teachings as “harmless religious material.” I can’t dictate what others believe, but I can make certain that my children and I realize our position as believers when it comes to the lies of the enemy.

Fair warning, I’m leaving the political world for a bit on this blog and arguing straight from the Bible. This issue is deeper than politics and religious liberty; it deals with realms we should not treat lightly. On a personal level, I’ll (hopefully) be a mom someday. In the Bible, God says that “Satan is the father of all lies.” Do I really want my child to be educated with blatant falsehoods? It’s frustrating that parents work so hard to teach their children to be productive, loving, and healthy adults in all areas, only to have that hard work undermined by evil ideologies. Children who are engrained with lies grow up to be adults who see those same lies manifest themselves in forms of bondage: addictions, pride, selfishness, substance abuse, eating disorders, sexual sins — the list goes on.

On the flipside, I have personally witnessed adults who, once they understood the Truth, have been set free from their slavery to sin. Psychologists have found that healing from addictions and breaking life-altering bondage is only possible through a complete mind, body, and soul renewal by the God who created them.

God says that “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10, NIV).  In this warning, God shows that Satan has one purpose — to promulgate death. Everything Satan does is meant to push humans toward destruction. On the other hand, the second part of the verse encourages us that He has done the exact opposite. Without an understanding of who God is and what He has done for us, we cannot experience true freedom. Satan knows that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. He knows that when a person puts Truth into their mind, Satan has no power over them.  Quite frankly, that scares him.

I am so thankful for the religious liberty of atheists because, ironically, it’s that same freedom that allows me to practice my beliefs rooted in God’s Word. However, what is hard for me to reconcile in my mind is the fact that propagation of satanic materials poses such a major threat to our children’s minds and ultimately their lives. You can’t restrict Satanists from sharing their beliefs or atheist’s for a lack thereof; so, what can you do?

Here is my answer: make your minds, and those of your children, strong. Learn for yourself and then teach them to be sensitive to lies so that when a falsehood is spoken an immediate red flag goes up in their heads. Then give them specific Truths with which to replace the deceptive statements. Acknowledge Satan for what he is. Be alert and realize the seriousness of the matter, that he is doing everything he can to destroy you. Don’t be fooled; he is keenly aware that one of the best times to get a foothold in someone’s life is when a person is young and still developing their view of the world. Recognize that there is a real battle, but more importantly, remind yourself and your kids that Satan knows he has already lost. All of his actions are simply a grasp for anything he can bring with him on his path to ultimate destruction. Believers have been given the Holy Spirit to protect us when we are tempted to believe Satan’s lies and, therefore, have absolutely nothing to fear. Fill your mind with so much Truth that God’s voice is louder than any lie that comes your way. Read the verse below and believe it in the deepest core of who you are. You may still be tempted, but you will have the confidence of deliverance.

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13, NLT).

Face to Face: The Hobby Lobby Decision

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HobbyLobby_Face-to-Face8:30 a.m.
As I walked up to the Supreme Court this morning, all I could do was think and pray.  “Today is a BIG day,” I whispered to myself.  With each step I took up the marble steps, anxiety started to build.  There was so much at stake.  Hobby Lobby, a faith-based family business has argued that the Obama Administration and its HHS Mandate undermines the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a federal law passed under President Clinton which is designed to protect the religious freedom of all Americans.  Today, that freedom was on the line.  In those last quiet moments before the majority of protestors came out and the cameras went live, the Lord spoke softly.  He replaced my doubts and each of the “what ifs” that were bouncing around in my head with two words, a simple truth: “I AM.”  I needed that reminder of the Lord’s sovereignty.  No matter what decision came, I knew we stood on the side of righteousness — the side of eternal VICTORY — the side of the great “I AM!”

9:45 a.m.
Hundreds now gathered … chants grew louder … momentum grew stronger.  Each side held their ground, lifted their signs, and raised their voices!  “It’s like two armies lining up for war,” I thought to myself.  It was a bit of an exaggeration, perhaps, but there was a nugget of truth inside that analogy.  One side claimed religious liberty and life as fundamental, inalienable rights never to be infringed upon and believed that “HHS’s contraceptive mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion.”  Conversely, the other side held that only “persons,” not corporations, should be granted protection of their First Amendment rights.  This was a battle — a battle of ideals.  Indeed, two competing philosophies of government and morality stared at each other, face to face.

10:30 a.m.
The time had come.  Interns sprinted across the Supreme Court, ready to pass off the majority opinion like Olympic relay runners.  I knew the verdict was in!  The 5-4 decision that followed was more than a win for Hobby Lobby.  The opinion of the court raised religious freedom and individual liberty.  It also showed that bossy regulations that overreach and undermine our most sacred rights will not be tolerated in this nation.  Our side cheered in celebration!  In the words of Justice Ginsberg, it was a “decision of startling breadth,” though for us, that was a good thing.

Grateful for the news we heard today, and hopeful for future victories of tomorrow, I echo Paul’s words when he wrote:

Thanks be to God, who gives us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord,” (emphasis mine; 1 Corinthians 15:57-58).

Indeed, history was made!  It was, no doubt, a landmark victory worthy of praise.  Yet our work is not done; this is only the beginning of reclaiming and reestablishing the principles of life and liberty in our land!  As young people from across the nation began to cheer “We…Are…The Pro-life Generation!” my heart was full.

Today, we celebrate victory. Tomorrow, we tighten our boots (and heels) and keep marching forward for faith, for families, and for freedom! 

Kaylyn Caruso is part of the Class of 2014 for Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program. To find out more about becoming an intern at CWA, click here.