Governmental Oversight…. Of Churches!?

Iowa Civil Rights

The Fort DesMoines Church of Christ is locked in a battle with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, over what the pastor (or anyone who speaks to an audience of people) can say.

It’s under the heading of Equal Rights!

The ironic thing, however, is that a Constitutional Right is being attacked in order to preserve a supposed Right! Something our current President says he wants to be his ‘Legacy Issue.’

At Stake? What can be said in a meeting, where the public is invited to attend…. In this case, Church.

In Defense of the critics, let me quickly add: Church is no place for ad hominem attacks on anyone or anything.

It is a place for:

a. lifting up the Lord Jesus Christ

b. prayer for others and for self

c. instruction in Christian Doctrine & Practice

d. challenges for greater understanding and commitment to God

It well may be that the DesMoines Church of Christ leadership has used the gathering of local citizens to rail against a particular sinful practice or person.

It may be that a Sermon on Romans, chapter 1, became too personal, citing public figures or political organizations which illustrate The Points.

It may simply be that these folks believe The Bible!

Or, it may be The Sign in front of the Church [That Reads: Gay Is Not Okay] became too much for them!

Whatever it is, the DesMoines Civil Rights Commission wants it to STOP!

I entreat these Church folks to be more sensitive to the difference between instruction in God’s Word and railing against a person, if this is the case.

I entreat them (and all preachers/teachers) to teach God’s Word, rather than merely vent political or moral opinions.

At the same time, I entreat Commission Members to read The Constitution, particularly The Bills of Rights! Chief among them, Article ONE!

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The Law of the Land ALLOWS people to do what these folks are accused of doing! [So Far]  It is a petty and petulant person or group of persons which seeks to control it, beyond entreaty.

The Civil Rights Commission wants more! It wants every public place to allow men to enter women’s shower rooms, dressing rooms and restrooms if they say they are women, and banning statements in meetings “open to the public” that “might cause individuals to believe that they are unwelcome because of their perceived gender identity.”

This Group’s website features a montage of faces and the words which reflect on the Civil Rights Battle of the 1950s and ’60s. Does this mean the right for men to shower with women is on the same level as racial bias?

The lawsuit, being brought by what appears to be a Christian Legal Organization, charges the State mandates violate the U.S. Constitution’s protections for free speech, religion, expressive association, due process and the right to peaceably assemble.

Named as defendants are commission members, as well as Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.

TODAY? This lawsuit will probably fail!

TOMORROW?

 

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