Missouri voters decide the fate today of a ballot measure, Amendment 2, which would affirm the right of residents of the Show Me State to pray “individually or corporately in a private or public setting.”
The proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution has, of course, provoked much sound and fury from the godless element, as well as those who profess to believe in God, but who want to ban their Creator from the public square.
“Help protect our children from indoctrination and a lifetime of ignorance,” exhorts the nascent Missouri chapter of the atheist Secular Coalition of America.
“Missouri Amendment 2 is completely unnecessary,” claims Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
“If Missourians amend their Constitution, they will erode rather than enhance their religious freedom,” opines the New York Times.
These and other foes of Amendment 2 just don’t get it.
The reason the measure almost certainly will be approved today is because Missouri’s Christian majority has decided it will no longer do nothing as the godless, the secularist, the non-sectarian wage unholy war against those who share the faith of this nation’s founders.
Indeed, James Madison, author of the First Amendment, who said the “whole future of American civilization” depended upon the “capacity of each and every one of us” to “sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God,” could never have imagined how hostile this nation would become to the Almighty, and to His only begotten Son.
Would Madison have had a problem with display of a nativity scene in a public library? Would he have objected to crosses marking the graves of Christian war dead at national cemeteries? Would he have considered student prayer at a public school an unconstitutional establishment or religion?
I don’t think so. And neither does Missouri state Rep. Mike McGhee, who sponsored Amendment 2.
McGee consulted for many years with Rev. Terry Hodges, his pastor at First Baptist Church in Odessa, Missouri, before crafting the measure that appears today on the state ballot.
For much of the nation’s first 150 years or so, said Pastor Hodges, those who shared Madison’s Christian faith “enjoyed home field advantage,” However, he added, “That’s changed, and there’s now there’s a hostility to Christians.”
Passage of Amendment 2 will not diminish the freedom from religion the godless, the secularist, the non-sectarian currently enjoy. It simply will “level the playing field,” as Pastor Hodges puts it, for Missouri residents who desire to freely exercise their religion.