Stop being silent

It’s time Americans, especially Christians wake up to what is really going on in our country. A lot of it is smoke and mirrors by the mainstream media who choose to focus on the negative and the fake instead of the truth.
What President Trump told the squad was not racist at all, perhaps ideological but not racial. It’s kind of ironic that I also told my nephew to leave America if he hated it so much prior to all the uproar with the squad. I’m sorry but what the squad spouted was racist against Israel and against others.
Truth is they do not love America and are out to destroy us from the inside out. Racism is not dead, however, it is used so often as an excuse or to use it to benefit your ideals, that it is starting not to mean anything. If you constantly have to point out your skin color, there’s something wrong with that picture.
Trump never mentioned names, but they automatically took issue. My grandmother used to always say the “bit dog hollers first”. In other words if you are guilty, you will protest loudest.
Suppose you were in a relationship with someone who said they loved you but hated your appearance, beliefs, and character. Would you stay? Common sense says you should leave.
If we research these women we find that Ilham Omar was born outside the United States; Miss Ocasio-Cortez’s parents are from Puerto Rico and Miss Tlaib’s are from Palestine. All four of them have criticized America’s history and heritage. The press conferences they have held show they don’t consider themselves part of the historic American nation.
They have an agenda. Ocasio-Cortez was part of a Hollywood casting call and is playing her part. Unfortunately, her brain doesn’t always engage before she speaks. She wants to abolish all immigration laws. Let that sink in and how it would affect our country.
Congressman Pressley stated at a press conference she would never call Trump president. Oh really? How disrespectful is that? She also tweeted an article that declared the Declaration of Independence “sexist, racist, and prejudiced.” She argued that the “prejudices, biases, & contradictions codified by our founding fathers are still felt today.”
Tlaib wore a thawb during her swearing-in ceremony. She has gotten much from our country, including quite a nice salary that many Americans only wish they had. She has only called the President names which women certainly shouldn’t use, but which are offensive to me and others.
Omar has argued the United States was founded via “genocide.” She has complained that Muslims were “second-class” citizens and that on September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, “Some people did something.” She said to criticize her was “dangerous incitement.” She also hates Israel with a passion.
Our founding fathers would not recognize today’s America nor the values we fight to defend.
Omar says she and her colleagues speak from “extreme love for every single person in this country.” Oh, really? Apparently, that doesn’t include the President and I believe he is a person in this country. What about his supporters? and those who respect the “genocidal” Founders?
This isn’t love, it’s hostility. If we showed up in other countries demanding they change their customs, traditions, law and heroes, we would be run out on a rail after they finished laughing at us.
People usually leave their home country out of desperation; things have become unbearable. So once you get to America, which is quite attractive to you, shouldn’t you be appreciative?
We now have a system of double standards. Democrats step on the Constitution and ignore the laws to do whatever they want. You should come here prepared to obey our laws and if not, you suffer the consequences or you return from where you came. The illegals at the border don’t have to stay there and complain, they can go back to their country. If they loved their own country, they would stay and try to make a difference. So if they don’t love their own country, why would they love it here.
The Constitution is an amazing work with foresight, we are severely lacking today. Our founding fathers put a lot of thought into it and it still fits our republic today.
You may be asking what you can do to stop all the madness. First of all, encourage Christians to vote in the upcoming election and to ask God to guide them in their decision on a candidate. Those who do not share the same values need to be replaced.
Christians also need to be speaking up against the injustices and the craziness. We’ve got to stand strong and we need to call out lies as lies. Our motto should be “silent no more”. As long as we remain silent, the corruption continues and nothing changes. That change starts on your knees in prayer to the One who is over it all. ©2019

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.

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Death of manners and pride

Last week was just one of those weeks. So much happened in the news true, but it was just kind of a strange week all around. I’ve shaken my head in disbelief more than I can remember over things happening in the world.
I find myself asking when did having pride in America die. I was deleted by my nephew on social media last week because he made a statement about leaving America because of its history of slaves. There were other comments but, I became so mad at the statement, I’m not sure what else was stated.
Maybe I should not have done so, but I told him if he felt that way then yes he should go somewhere else and could take others than felt that same way. I went on to say he definitely did not have a firm grasp on American history and what freedom cost this country. I stated I was a proud American. I also told him I loved him.
I half-way expected to get deleted because apparently, from that and other posts, he is one of today’s snowflakes who not only lack compassion, but respect,manners or any common sense and are devoid of any pride. Many have been given everything — opportunities unlimited and haven’t really worked hard a day in their life. Some of these are still living at home and unable to stand on their own two feet. That’s not necessarily the case with Ryan, but he does have a child for which I don’t think he has ever taken full responsibility. A child that, still lives in the United States, while he has been traveling around the world playing music.
There is an undertone in our country, trying to erase the true history of America, trying to shame us into submission to their way of thinking and trying to take us down the path of socialism. For probably the last 60 years, the brainwashing has been ongoing and we have been fed so much propaganda, that many are easily led astray. It has become the norm and the ability to think for one’s self is becoming as extinct as common sense.
We place athletes and movie stars on pedestals and practically worship them. When you are put on a pedestal, you are most likely going to fall off sooner or later. I have always said they are just doing their jobs, like me and the rest of working America and their job just happens to put them in the limelight a little more and they may make more than the average American. Still it’s just their career choice.
Civics lessons need to put back into our public schools and since apparently parents are no longer teaching their children rules of etiquette, perhaps a class on it as well. There is just so much rudeness and lack of compassion in our world today.
I know that cellphones are widely accepted but checking it at the dinner table is just plain rude, no matter how you color it. I hardly ever see young people holding doors for the elderly anymore. How many times have you watched somebody cough without covering their mouth?
Cell phones and social media have practically done away with common courtesies which used to come natural to most people. Children learn by example and parents are just as bad as the kids when it comes to being on their cell phone.
It also seems no one hardly eats at home anymore. Even birthday parties for kids are held at restaurants. How much fun is that really? And if I had made as much noise as some children today at a restaurant, it would have been a very long time before I would have been taken out to eat again, or would be able to sit down without wincing.
Good manners and proper etiquette is a sign you care about those around you.
Pride in your country shows you not only care about yourself, but others as well too. Our children don’t understand the sacrifices that were made to keep our country free. If a parent who was watching the U.S. Soccer team and didn’t say anything about how the one player (I refuse to mention her name) refused to sing the national anthem, a lesson was missed. The whole team lacked humility. Her refusal was disrespectful not only to the United States but her employer who happens to be the United States. Personally, I don’t think she should have even been allowed on the team. She also has a potty mouth, which does not make her a role model in any way, shape, fashion or form. You should not be representing a country for which you have disdain.
Much of the world was watching and what they learned from these women, in my opinion, is that Americans are arrogant and conceited. There was a lack of sportsmanship, class and humility. It would have been a great victory which all of America could have celebrated had they acted classy and not bragged about every goal they scored. Instead it was an embarrassment for our country. Somehow we have failed to pass down pride and humility. They may have won a title, but they lost me and probably countless other Americans.
And in my opinion, if you approved of their disrespect and lack of class, then you may be part of the problem that is infecting our country.
The pulling together and sharing our pride we felt during 9/11 has drifted into oblivion. I want my country back. The one where everyone stood for the national anthem and felt goosebumps as they said the pledge of allegiance. I will never concede that we are too far gone and I will never give up hope in a return of pride. God save us from ourselves. ©2019
VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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Remembering the flood

Hard to believe it’s been 25 years since the flood of 1994. Time flies when you’re having fun they say and the older I get the faster it seems to fly. Not sure some days that I’m having all that much either!
We were in Hawkinsville during the flood of 1994. I was the editor-in-chief and chief cook and bottle washer at The Hawkinsville Dispatch. Hawkinsville was like most all small towns where everyone knows your business before you do and if they don’t they make it up along the way. I love small towns but that is pretty much the truth about them.
But the great thing about small towns is how everyone comes together when there’s an emergency or a tragedy such as the flood. It’s simply amazing and the flood of 1994 was like that with everyone in the community pulling together.
People lost houses to floods and had some even had to be rescued from their homes along the river. After the water subsided, people pitched in to help those folks with the aftermath as well as things in the town as well.
Chuck Southerland, who ran the paper, decided we needed to do a special edition for the flood, after we already put out our weekly paper. I had already been taking plenty of photos as had he but he wanted to do more.
Toward that effort, I climbed to the top of the highest building which at that time as Leshner Textile. Water was already over the roadway of the bridge by that time and creeping toward the streets of the downtown. With that accomplished, Georgia Power offered to fly us up in a helicopter so we could get better shots along the river. It was my first and so far my last helicopter ride. I was about to get in a boat to go down the river but Chuck did that and boy was I glad because the mosquitoes along the river had all but carried me away already.
I did find myself standing in ankle deep water at the cemetery taking photos of caskets floating down the river. It was kind of surreal and I wondered if they would ever find them all and return them to their respective resting places.
When I got back to the office after all of that a policeman came in the office looking for me. Since I had been standing in the water at the cemetery, a tetanus shot was required and they wanted to make sure I got mine. I rode with him to the health department to get the shot.
The rising waters came within a half mile of our house in Hawkinsville. We were without water for 16 days and some for much longer. Electricity was only off for a few days. We decided to take a few days off after that, and get some rest and relaxation off at the beach. My family was not too happy I had flown around town in the helicopter so they were anxious to get out of town before their mother decided to do something even crazier in the quest to cover the flood. Seems in those days, I had no fear. Twenty-five years later I don’t think I would do some of those things, even to get the news story. Then I never once thought about any danger or that perhaps I shouldn’t be doing this.
When leaving you had to figure out different ways to get out of town as many roads were flooded as well.
As time passed everyone put their lives back together and went back to their regular routines. It was a topic of conversation for many months to come though.
Somewhere in a box in the attic, I still have a copy of that “Flood edition” and some photos. Someone borrowed some of my photos to use in a magazine and I don’t think I ever got them back. The magazine is no longer in print so no hope of ever recovering them.
Photos were one thing people lost that many times can’t be replaced. But as one woman who lived along the river noted, you can never erase the photo from your memory bank and at least she had her life. It was the right attitude in a bad situation.
The right attitude makes all the difference in world in all situations.
I thought about trying to ride around Macon for photos but my family didn’t think it was such a good idea and most of the roads were flooded. They had it worse than most in Hawkinsville I think. But again, I’ve heard many stories of people stepping up and helping out.
Since I was not in Roberta at that time, I don’t know what transpired here or how bad it got during the flood. But I’m sure people were helping other people.
It’s sad in a way that it takes a flood or other catastrophe for everyone to pull together for the good of the whole. But that’s the way it is these days.
In reality, we should be doing what we can every day to help our communities and our fellow humans. It’s what God wants us to do. ©2019

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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Let freedom ring

Independence day is today! So many people just call is July 4th or Fourth of July and to do so takes away what the day really meant and was all about — independence and freedom.
The phrase “freedom isn’t free” is heard a lot, however, I don’t think people take it to heart and really understand the price that has been paid for freedom. Those freedoms are attacked every day and are becoming less and less in our country. And some in authority are bound and determine to take away even more of our freedoms. We can’t and shouldn’t let them.
In fact, history shows us that the path to freedom almost always involves conflict. Case in point, the American Revolution. These conflicts demand a steep price from those who fight them. Sometimes even their lives. Governments, including ours, around the world have shown they are willing to trample individual liberties with no thought whatsoever to the bigger picture. Today we are assaulted on all sides. They want to tell us what we can and cannot put in our bodies and how to raise our children. They try to instill fear of everything — people – cops and the list never ends.
The government constantly invades our privacy. If you don’t think they can access all of your information, you may be living in la-la land. They do much under the guise of trying to keep us safe. But in reality, it’s not their job. Their job is to uphold the Constitution against all enemies whether foreign or domestic. Most all federal officials take such an oath. But they routinely break that oath, trading people’s freedom with the illusion of greater security.
We have to decide whether to choose freedom or fear. Thinking the government should be given whatever it needs to make us safe, is a knee-jerk reaction. The silent acceptance to intrusive government authority lays a brick on the road to tyranny. That intrusion happens daily as government intrudes into almost every aspect of our lives.
Think about it — from the type of toilet we can buy, mix of fuel we put into our cars down to the kind of light bulbs we can use in our homes. Bureaucrats are empowered to stipulate what health services we buy and from whom we purchase them.
Excessive government limits individual freedoms, it stifles job creation and entrepreneurial creativity. Plus it puts the poor into a lifetime of dependency and poverty and in effect throws away the key. The ability of hard working Americans to enjoy upward mobility is also stifled.
The federal government intrusion has dominated activity traditionally reserved for the states. It begs the question about what the future holds for our children.
Freedom is inextricably bound with living our lives as we see it; self-government in the true sense of the word. We can be trusted to govern ourselves and government must remain limited and stay within the powers given in the Constitution. When government takes more than we have given it, our choices are rendered meaningless. Unlimited government is tyrannical, sapping our independent spirit.
Our Founding Fathers understood this explicitly and thus they avoided creating a government that could be dominated by a single faction. Our Constitution’s checks and balances are intended to restrain the ambition of the power seekers to ensure government promotes our general welfare.
What big government supporters call general welfare is really the artful distribution of favors to particular factions. Our federal government was not supposed to be the most important institution in America but the powers to be have come to think that it is and they keep pushing their agenda of socialism upon us.
They have forgotten that through family and our religion we learn virtue and character. Without virtue, government cannot be both limited and free.
We cannot calculate the cost of freedom. Ask all of those who have lost family members in wars and skirmishes. Think about those 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Each of them individually, had more to lose than gain in a revolution. Many of them were upstanding in their communities, highly educated and owned substantial property. In fact, John Hancock, who was the richest man in America at that time, became a wanted man with a price of $500 on his head. These men did not choose to revolt. They wanted to be treated the same as other Englishmen in England. Each knew the penalty for treason was death by hanging, therefore each signer became a marked man and were pursued relentlessly by the British. Many lived to see their families killed or separated forever and their property destroyed.
Nine of them died from wounds or hardships from the war; many in poverty. These were the fathers of our country and they pledged their lives, fortunes and “sacred honor” for freedom.
The cost of freedom cannot be expressed in mere words. Neither can the cost of exploitation where men and women lose their freedom to think, worship or to invent. This is the slippery slope America is on now. But life is not really defined without freedom — freedom to live, to become everything God made you to me, to live free from coercion, compulsion and tyranny of power. The principal of evil sooner or later coerces, controls and aims to eventually destroy all opposition. God gave us the gift of freedom to choose. Christ also chose to die for us to give us freedom from being punished for our sins.
Freedom has been imprinted on our souls. When we give it up, hope and joy are crushed. Freedom comes with responsibility and you can’t really be free without it. Each of us must do our part to ensure freedom’s light continues to burn bright. You see God gave us the freedom to exercise our conscience, to stand up to coercion to confront those who try to destroy our freedom.
We can’t calculate the cost of freedom but it is worth any price because there is no substitute for it. Not one single thing. Let freedom ring. Happy Independence Day America.

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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Thank you Sarah

Am I the only one who feels as if I somehow ended up a twilight zone segment with all that’s going on in the world? I’m not anxious though because my hope is in the Lord and all will be revealed one day.
I am disappointed that Sarah Sanders is stepping down as press secretary. She is my newest heroine and is awesome. Sarah has handled the media with finesse and class and never seemed to let them addle her. She had the right answers all of the time, even though they didn’t want to listen. With a communications background, she has had every right to label news fake when warranted.
I don’t blame her though. I don’t think I could have taken all of that constant bombardment for as long as she has. No matter how strong a person you are, there are just some days when it gets to you and drags you down.
President Trump has suggested she run for governor of Arkansas and I truly hope that she will do just that; she would be a good one. She was born in Hope, Arkansas. What an irony!
Some news sources like the Washington Post have called her tenure controversial. Oh, yes they did. I don’t see it that way at all. She had a job to do and she did it with pizazz! The truly only controversy to me was a restaurant throwing her out just because she worked for Trump. She was reprimanded publicly by a former director of the United States Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub when he tweeted that Sanders had violated ethics laws by “discouraging patronage” and “using her office to get public to pressure it” for posting the video at the restaurant.
The only daughter of Mike and Janet Huckabee she attended Ouachita Baptist University where he was elected study body president. Sarah, 36, graduated with a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in political science and majoring in mass communications.
She met her husband, Bryan, during her father’s 2008 presidential campaign where she served as field director and then hired as media consultant. They were married in 2010 and have three children.
Sarah had been involved in her father’s first campaign for the Senate and worked on his other campaigns including governor of Arkansas. She worked on the campaigns for others as well. Mike Huckabee has described her childhood by saying that while most seven or eight year olds are out jumping rope, Sarah was sitting at the kitchen table listening to political commentators analyzing poll results. He also said she was tough and fearless due to having two brothers.
Sanders is only the third woman to hold the position of White House Press Secretary. She first filled in for Sean Spicer and when he resigned she filled the position.
There is lots of speculation as to who will replace her but at this point, it has not been announced. Sarah is not leaving until the end of the month.
I certainly wish her well and know that she will succeed in any endeavor she chooses to undertake.
I try to support my fellow journalists and not criticize unless truly warranted, however, the mainstream media’s nonsense has made us all look bad and the negativity does trickle down to others who have no desire to read or create fake news. No matter how you feel about this, there is fake news and the mainstream media is failing in covering some of the stories they need to cover.
Most everything is spun negatively toward the president and if you can agree with any of the craziness being touted by the Democrats in the House, I don’t know what to say about you. It is insanity and when asked why, I’ve come to the conclusion, they do not care. They have gotten zero done since Trump was elected president except try and dig up dirt on him. Yet, they want a raise.
I’m sorry but I believe all of them should be out of office and we should start over. It is amazing to me that some of these people keep getting re-elected. Many times no one else runs against them and anyone who does is sometimes threatened or public humiliated by the incumbent.
There is a lot more going on behind the scenes, good and bad, that should be reported but is withheld from the public for obvious reasons.
Until the public actually really does something, nothing will change. I don’t post a whole lot of political stuff on social media anymore but I found a meme this week that states: Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented (Elie Wiesel). That too me says a lot. Wiesel was not only a Holocaust survivor, but a Romanian born American Jewish writer and political activist. Living through the Holocaust, he certainly should know what he is talking about.
We sit idly by and watch our freedoms erode, watch our children be indoctrinated with propaganda and go on with our lives as if nothing matters. We become accustomed to doing nothing and just letting it all happen. That’s a sure path to becoming socialist slaves.

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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Father’s Day 2019

Each year, since January 2001, Father’s Day is bittersweet. I know my Dad is in heaven and able to breathe freely instead of fighting for each breath and able to walk and run without having to stop every minute or two to catch his breath. I’m sure he’s fishing somewhere on a bank with other brothers and sisters who have gone on to their eternal home. Or maybe he’s strumming his guitar and singing like he often did. I do have to wonder if he’s the only one catching fish which was usually the case every time I went with him.
Daddy was one of those fisherman who would sit there all day because eventually the fish were going to bite. Even if there were five other people and no one else was catching fish, Daddy always caught something. That has not been the case for me as I lose interest after a couple of hours if not getting any bites.
Perhaps for him it was just a time to unwind and relax. For me it’s relaxing up unto the point I haven’t gotten a bite in a while, then it becomes frustrating. Daddy had a unlimited supply of patience and while mine is long, nothing compared to his.
He was patient, even in the midst of negotiations and I never saw him lose his cool when everyone else around him was losing theirs. He was soft-spoken and when he spoke, people stopped to listen. I sat in on many a meeting he conducted. I was always in awe of how calm, cool and collected he remained through the whole process.
I can’t lay claim to always being that way because apparently, I have a limit to how far I can be pushed and once I’ve reached that limit, my mouth flies open and angry words may come out, depending on the situation. Being in leadership positions you have to keep all of that in check and thank goodness I have in those situations. There has been one time where I did ask someone to leave my office and come back when they could talk in a rational and reasonable manner. The outcome was still the same, but I did not allow him to yell at me or disrespect my position and no one should allow that type of behavior.
As humans and adults we can sit down and have rational discussions, or at least we should be able to do so. Some people will try and push you just to see how far they can go and it’s up to you how you react.
One thing my dad could not do was write legibly. His handwriting was like that of a doctor and most of the time, I was the only one who could decipher it and was asked to do so on numerous occasions. He penned a column for a base newspaper at one time and inevitably, they would ask me to type it because they couldn’t read it. To this day, I can usually read handwriting that others cannot decipher.
I miss my Daddy every day and it’s easy to become sad or melancholy but I try to remember all the wonderful memories and there are enough to last me a lifetime.
Sure, I wish he could have seen the grandbabies and met my husband, David, who happens to be a lot like him in many ways. There are some days when if I could only pick up the phone and talk to him, everything would be alright again.
Daddy, was my sounding board of reason and what was fair. In every situation he had to know all sides before giving you advice or an opinion. As a child, that frustrated me but as an adult I came to really appreciate it as it just made good sense.
I have found myself wondering what Daddy would think of this or that or what would he have done in certain situations. Sometimes I know immediately, other times it may take me a little while.
He was always proud of me and I never wanted to disappoint him and I don’t think I really ever did though I know there were a few times he was not happy with my choices. He would never voice that to me, however.
Daddy and I had many adventures over the years fishing, dancing, sightseeing and visiting. He never offered advice unless you asked him.
When I was nine, I almost drowned even though I could swim I panicked when I stepped in a hole over my head. Daddy went in shoes, pants, shirts, watch and all, to save me.
He could grow practically anything, just like my Granny.
Our political views were quite the opposite most of the time and we had lots of discussions, never letting them develop into arguments. In fact, I doubt if Daddy ever argued with anyone.
He could discuss the ins and outs of baseball and football and what was right or wrong with the team with anyone. I watched many a game with him.
After a couple years of taking piano lessons, he would get out his guitar and we would play together and sing, mainly the older gospel songs. On occasion if I’m having a sad day, I’ll sing “Wings of a Dove” or “There’s a Rainbow” which we always sang especially on long trips. It never fails to uplift me. No matter how old we get, we always need our Dads. Happy Father’s Day to all Dads and hugs to you if your Father is in Heaven. I know I’ll see mine again one day and that fact brings a smile to my face. ©2019

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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A Constitutional myth

After deciding more than a year ago that I would not respond on social media to those people who just wanted to complain or argue or didn’t want to know the truth. I’ve actually done pretty good about not responding.
This week though in light of wanting to explain the truth I let my fingers type a response to someone about separation of church and state not being in the Constitution. Of course, it was a mistake because this person just really wanted to argue. They posted it on a story about God being removed by Democrats or something and I couldn’t just let it go!
The phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the United States Constitution. History was one of my favorite subjects and had I not chosen journalism, I would have majored or minored in history. I have done extensive research on the Constitution, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and other things involving our history such as the revolution and the Civil War.
If you do some research these days you will find in some dissertations it says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment or religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….” penned in the Constitution is a paraphrase. In reality Jefferson used the words separation of church and state in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association and published in a Massachusetts newspaper. His exact words in that letter were” … thus building a separation between church and state…” Taking the intent and function of that clause by itself, means not interfering in anyone’s expression of religion. I also believe it was included in the Constitution to keep the government from establishing a state church or a national religion for everyone as was the case in other countries.
In today’s world, it is Christians who are being silenced and the government is not respecting that religion. We are expected to give our rights away for the rights of satanism and Muslims, but heaven forbid we practice our religion publicly because we will be persecuted. Take heart, as the Bible tells us this will transpire.
However, Christians have remained silent too long. We did not want to “make a scene” or be deemed troublemakers. There is a time to be silent but there is also a time to speak up and Christians have long passed the point where they should have spoken up. There is also a right and wrong way to speak up. We should do it in truth and with kindness but also in boldness.
The words “separation of church and state” are misused today, many times as a tool by those in power to silence opposing views. Just the opposite of what was originally intended.
Jefferson actually authored a Statute for Religious Freedom for Virginia. It inspired and shaped the guarantees of religious liberty which was eventually put in the First Amendment. The right to practice your religion is a foundational freedom for all Americans. By no means did Jefferson suggest religion should be exiled from public debate.
I don’t believe he meant that the government was prohibited from referencing or accommodating religion or that government should expel all religious references from the public square. In short, the church should not rule over the state, nor the state rule over the church. The separation of church and state is an idea that prohibits the government from interfering with the church.
Jefferson himself attended church services inside the United State Capitol as did others. As I once heard someone say, religion is too important to be a government program or a political pageant. The courts have agreed with this sentiment many times. Free exercise means you may have a faith and are allowed to live it as well.
Jefferson and a vast majority of the founding fathers and signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution aligned themselves with Christianity. Men and women of faith have served honorably in all levels of government in the United States and allowed their religious convictions to guide them in decision-making while in office. Jefferson went so far as to declare public days of fasting and prayer.
There are so many myths people believe about the Constitution and untruths about our founding fathers, because they have not actually read the Constitution themselves or used a trusted source. Personally, I think it should be required reading as a prerequisite to graduation, more so than A Tale of Two Cities.
The words separation of church and state are used today to have crosses ripped down in parks and were used to banish prayer from schools. Definitely not something our forefathers and the founders of our country ever thought would happen. Evicting God from society was certainly not the outcome they sought.
Schools, courts and the public square were often Christian since the beginning of our nation. Back then you would find very few Americans who would have tolerated a coerce government infringing on their rights to post religious symbols on local schools, courts or anywhere else. The Constitution did not prohibit public displays of faith. Our forefathers would not be proud of the restrictions placed on religion these days.
Christians should no longer be silent and should be speaking up. It’s time has come. Will you remain silent while your freedoms are taken away? ©2019

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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