Far fetched? Not if you know anything about history.
Friday, April 02, 2010
How Easter Ended
Dear Grandson: I risk writing you this letter in order to pass along some censored history. Today’s
of 2050, officially America atheist by law, is a very different place from the “n ation under God” of my boyhood in 2010. When you take your first communion in ’s underground church on a spring morning once known as Easter, you need to know how this and other holy days disappeared from the American calendar. Denver
atmid-century remains the envy of the world, still fairly prosperous and optimistic, still claiming to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. But I’m sad to tell you th atduring my lifetime, “brave” and “free” have been redefined so as to disallow any reverence for th atpower whom our founders called the Cre ator. Christians and Jews have been made outlaws.
So hide my letter with your Bible; both are illegal to possess. It is only because your f
ather and mother honor the civil-disobedience tradition of Martin Luther King and ignore the ban on Judeo-Christian writings th atyou can read the Scriptures atall.
How tragically does the noisy complacency of my parents back in the Bush and Obama years contrast with the quiet courage of your parents today. Again we see how adversity brings out the best in the people of God, as all history teaches. If believers had been more vigilant for freedom of conscience back in the Teens, judges wouldn’t have dared to rewrite the First Amendment as they did in the Tiernan case.
Instead, young Timothy, your gener
ation grows up in a spiritually-neutered culture th athas swiftly taken over wh atwas once the most devout n ation on earth. Hence this year of 2050 is punctu ated by Bunny Day and Kosher Day on wh atused to be called Easter and Passover – as it will be by Turkey Day and Santa Day in place of Thanksgiving and Christmas. To silence all theistic echoes, even the secular holidays of Memorial Day and Independence Day have been renamed as Peace Day and Sparkler Day.
The dominoes began falling with the election of a “Freedom from Religion” activist, Robert Tiernan, to the Colorado House in 2010. Once in office, he played on the C
atholic sex scandals, alleg ations of evangelical homophobia, and the anti-Israel mood to portray the God of the Bible as civiliz ation’s worst enemy. His bill branding the Gospels and the Torah as h ate speech became law on Good Friday, 2012.
coalition led by broadcaster James Dobson, Archbishop Charles Chaput, and Rabbi Hillel Goldberg filed suit, denouncing the act as “tyranny worthy of Lenin or Nero.” But the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it. The majority opinion by Justice Keith Ellison, the former congressman newly appointed by President Obama, ruled th Colorado at“religion” in the First Amendment excludes by definition every thought, word, and action th atmanifests intolerance toward any species wh atsoever, or the planet itself.
ation and court rulings piled on rapidly after th at, first marginalizing, then stigm atizing, and finally criminalizing the followers of Jesus and Moses. Buddhism and earth-worship remained free, however, the one as a “philosophy,” the other as “science.”
The times are grim, my boy. Yet the faithful have survived worse. This Easter, albeit in secrecy and danger, you kneel to a God who loved you enough to come here and die so you might live. Your friend Aaron whispers
atPassover his gr atitude for a divine deliverance from bondage and de ath. Down the centuries, neither Caesar nor S atan nor all our own sins have been able to halt these ancient devotions. Nor shall they now. Stay strong.
John Andrews is an Independence Institute fellow and former President of the Colorado Sen