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Editorial: Have a holy and blessed Easter

Last Modified: Saturday, March 30, 2013 6:45 PM

Today, Easter Sunday, is the holiest day of the year for Christians everywhere.

“Jesus Christ is risen today,” is the refrain coming from many Christian churches in celebration of the resurrection of the “Savior of the World.”

There are approximately 2.2 billion Christians in the world today, according to The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. That number includes over a billion Catholics, 800 million Protestants, 260 million Orthodox and 28 million other Christian traditions. In the United States, approximately 75 percent of the population self-identify as Christians.

In spite of these impressive numbers, every Christian holiday we see and hear the forces of secularization rising up and demanding that holiday names be changed, Christian symbols be banned from the public square and demands for more limitations on religious liberty in this nation.

What do the secularists want? They want to transform the United States from a culture based on Judeo-Christian values and traditions, to one based on non-religious values, mainly espoused by the radical left of the political spectrum.

The secularists want the religious values and restraints eradicated, and replaced with unrestrained self-gratification, and with government force used to control people in the way they live.

All who love the United States as the beacon for freedom and liberty for the world, should stand up and resist this secularist cultural revolution that is making disturbing headway in this country. Freedom and liberty, as founded in this nation, mean freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly -- as outlined in the first amendment in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution.

Of course it is not just Christians who enjoy religious freedom in this nation. It is people of all faiths and those with no faith at all.

But it is “freedom of religion,” not “freedom from religion.”

To protect religious liberty also means protecting the beliefs of everyone to live, and let live, in this wonderful country. There need not be any cultural conflict as long as everyone practices tolerance and respect for each other.

Our second U. S. president, John Adams, summed it all up when he said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Christians and other religious faiths, by and large, get along well in this nation. They all have a stake in keeping religious liberty alive and well in this country, by respecting and tolerating each other.

Have a holy and blessed Easter Sunday and remember what the holiday stands for, “Jesus Christ is risen today.”

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This editorial was written by a member of the American Press Editorial Board. Its content reflects the collaborative opinion of the Board, whose members include Bobby Dower, Jim Beam, Crystal Stevenson and Donna Price.

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