Religious Freedom in America Today

 

By Bishop David Anderson, AAC

 

Dear Friends of the Anglican Realignment,

 

I am cognizant that when I use the word “realignment,” it begs the question of realigned from what and to what. Simply put, much of Western Anglicanism in the United States, Canada, Brazil and the British Isles has, so to speak, jumped the rails and plunged into theological and spiritual nonsense. The faithful have chosen to separate from those who are so determined to take the church not only away from historic Anglican beliefs, but well out of conventional and historic Christianity. Realigned, then, away from spiritual chaos and realigned to traditional and the historic Anglican Christian faith. Implicit in this faith is the unique and irreplaceable role of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the authority of the Bible to speak God’s word into our lives, and the honor and respect given to traditional marriage between a man and a woman for the duration of their life on earth. There is obviously much more, but the battles that we face both in secular society and in the broad religious sphere tend to touch on these salient points.

 

Sometimes, the battle you or I or some other Christian might face touches directly on our freedom of religion, and attempts to infringe or deny that to us because the exercise of our religion somehow offends someone else. At other times our freedom of speech is infringed or denied when what we say from a Biblical perspective is prohibited, punished or marginalized with the label of “hate speech.” Recently, Anglican Bishop James Tengatenga of Southern Malawi was offered the position of Dean of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College. Having accepted this new post, the bishop announced his resignation as Bishop of Southern Malawi, and made plans for his move in early 2014 to Dartmouth.

 

The ever vigilant gay and lesbian lobby, together, surprisingly with the NAACP, began immediately protesting his appointment to the president, provost and members of the search committee. Charging the African bishop with being homophobic and quoting comments he made in the past about human sexuality in the context of the issue in the Anglican Communion, they demanded that the relationship be reversed and cancelled. Of course, the Dartmouth administration immediately trembled in their boots, and rolled over for the homosexual activists.

 

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