It’s a New Day for Religious Freedom in America!

For years, activist courts have tried to remove the Ten Commandments, crosses, Nativity scenes and other religious symbols and displays from government property. They’ve tried to muzzle Christians from praying silently or out loud at sporting events. They have tried to stifle believers from sharing their testimony or expressing their religious viewpoints in public. But never again!

No longer can courts divorce America from religious freedom or the First Amendment from its original and historical purpose.

The “Lemon Test” was binding authority for 51 years with 7,073 references in court opinions, administrative law decisions or other legal writings as cited on Thomas Reuters Westlaw. The legal test came out of the ruling in Lemon v. Kurtzman that has been used to determine if a law violates the First Amendment Establishment Clause. The High Court ruled in that case that a Rhode Island law that supplemented salaries of some parochial schoolteachers was unconstitutional.

As a result, Lemon has been used by courts to remove religious symbols and displays from the public square since 1971. In fact, Justice Antonin Scalia, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, wrote in Lamb's Chapel v. Ctr. Moriches Union Free School District regarding that the High Court’s invocation of the “Lemon Test” was “like some ghoul in a late night horror movie that repeatedly sits up in its grave and shuffles abroad, after being repeatedly killed and buried.”

However, all that changed in 2022 as a result of two major victories at the U.S. Supreme Court.

On May 2, 2022, Liberty Counsel’s 9-0 victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in Shurtleff v. City of Boston involved censorship of Christian viewpoints regarding flag raisings. The High Court unanimously ruled that the city of Boston violated the Constitution by censoring a private flag in a public forum open to “all applicants” merely because the application referred to it as a “Christian flag.” The High Court unanimously rejected Boston’s use of the “Lemon Test” to censor Christian viewpoints.

In Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, Liberty Counsel argued in its amicus brief that since the Establishment Clause provides no justification for suppressing Coach Joe Kennedy’s private, religious speech to silently pray on the football field after games, the “Lemon Test” should be overruled. Then on June 27, 2022, the High Court ruled 6-3 in favor of the high school football coach and also finally buried the court-made “Lemon Test", citing Liberty Counsel’s 9-0 decision handed down in Shurtleff v. City of Boston involving the Christian flag.

However, since Lemon has been finally buried, students across the nation can read, memorize and hopefully obey, the Ten Commandments. In addition, other religious symbols such as crosses can permanently remain on government property.

Now that Lemon is finally gone, it is a new day for –

· Religious and Christian speech and viewpoints

· After-school Bible clubs

· Prayer in schools

· Renting public schools or venues for worship or events

· School choice

· Ten Commandments on public property, including schools

· Nativity displays without having to include secular symbols

· Religious symbols, including crosses and Menorahs

· National Motto “In God We Trust”

· Pledge of Allegiance with “one nation under God”

· Private religious speech, displays, or expression

· And much more ...

ALL the cases that relied on the “Lemon Test” are no longer good law!





A New Day for Religious Freedom - Mat Staver - Ep85


For years, activist courts have tried to remove the Ten Commandments, crosses, Nativity scenes and other religious symbols and displays from government property. They have tried to muzzle Christians from praying silently or out loud at sporting events. They have tried to stifle believers from sharing their testimony or expressing their religious viewpoints in public. However, all that changed in 2022 as a result of two major victories at the U.S. Supreme Court. On this episode of Liberty Counsel's TV program, Freedom Alive®, Mat Staver and Holly Meade unpack more about this and how it protects the religious freedom of every believer! Originally premiered June 18, 2023 on GoodLife45 - visit https://www.tv45.org




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