Last week was witness to two events confirming that religion has become a dirty word in the years since former President Barack Obama proclaimed that we’re neither a Christian nor a Jewish nation.
U.S. Marine veteran Chad Robichaux is the founder and president of the Mighty Oaks Foundation, a faith-based organization serving both active duty and military veterans.
He reported that Mighty Oaks was flagged for promoting an unacceptable content.
"We’ve served over a 100,000 active duty and veterans in our community through our faith programs" he told “Fox & Friends" co-host Pete Hegseth Saturday.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, blocked a Mighty Oaks promotional ad because of a new "Potential Policy Violation."
Google informed the foundation that "The following keywords violate Google Ads advertising policies." It asked them to "remove the unacceptable content to continue."
The flagged "unacceptable content" was the word "Christian."
YouTube explained that it doesn’t "allow advertisers to target users on the basis of religion."
Robichaux told Hegseth that as a test, he tried plugging other religions in to see what would happen. They accepted the word "Muslim."
"I believe the word 'Muslim' should be able to run, and any other religion should be able to run as well in order to reach the groups they are targeting as well," Robichaux said.
He added, "It should scare every American whether you’re a Christian or a Muslim or a conservative or a liberal. I think that this is a path that our country cannot go down."
But the country is already well-down that path, as evidenced when the Senate confirmed Brian Buescher 51-40 as a new U.S. District Court Judge Wednesday — without receiving a single Democratic vote in support.
Buescher’s inability to muster one Democratic senator to his side was apparently rooted in his membership in the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal charitable organization with nearly two million members.
Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, grilled Buescher thoroughly on how his membership in the group might affect his performance on the federal bench.
Harris focused on the abortion issue, "Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to choose when you joined the organization?" she asked.
Hirono claimed, "The Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions. For example, it was reportedly one of the top contributors to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage." She then asked, "If confirmed, do you intend to end your membership with this organization to avoid any appearance of bias?"
There are several issues with their line of questioning.
One, Hirono suggested that the Knights of Columbus did something wrong by supporting California’s Proposition 8. The U.S. Supreme Court held in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010), that organizations enjoy the same freedom of speech as do individuals — especially political speech — and they are free to use their funds to engage in "electioneering communications."
Secondly, given that Proposition 8, which opposed same-sex marriages, passed by a 52-48 percent margin, it could hardly be called an "extreme position."
Most importantly, both Harris and Hirono seem to suggest that a religious test should be imposed on anyone nominated to the federal bench. That would violate Article VI of the Constitution, which provides that, "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."
An issue common to Harris and Hirono, as well as Google and YouTube, is that they all ignore the fact that the United States was founded on Judeo-Christian principles.
The Pilgrims arrived here seeking religious freedom, to escape persecution under James I.
When the Founders proclaimed their independence from England and George III 156 years later, their declaration referenced a supreme being no fewer than four times:
- The Laws of Nature and Nature's God
- Endowed by their Creator
- The Supreme Judge of the world
- The protection of divine Providence
John Quincy Adams said of the document, "the Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity."
The Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolutionary War, began with the words, "In the name of the most holy and undivided Trinity."
One hundred years later, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Church of the Holy Trinity vs. U.S.143 U.S. 457 (1892) that the United States is a "Christian nation."
Senate Democrats are free to debate the facts, and Google and YouTube can ignore them all they like. But they’re all butting against nearly 400 years of recorded history by doing so.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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