I grew up during the Cold War. Communist Russia, the Communist Block, was something we knew about, even as children. The Communist world tried to eradicate God completely from the minds of the people. It didn’t work. Faith persisted, but people of faith suffered enormously. They were imprisoned and killed. Neighbors spied on neighbors.
Sadly, we see this eradicating of God making inroads in the U.S. under the guise of separation of church and state. It’s happening in a different way than it happened to the Soviets, but it’s happening all the same.
Check out this article:
A December parade in Denver will feature everyone from Chinese lion dancers to gay and lesbian shamans, according to the Rocky Mountain News, but not Christians who want to sing yuletide hymns or carry a Merry Christmas message.
Denver pastor George Morrison said his request to enter a float in the annual Parade of Lights,
which apparently only coincidentally happens in late December, was
rejected because parade officials won’t allow any "direct religious
"It’s a little confusing to me," said Morrison. "Here we have this
holiday, Christmas, approaching, and Parade of Lights is suddenly
changed into something where you can’t even sing a Christmas song?"
The one-hour parade features elaborate floats with holiday symbols
such as Santa Claus and gingerbread houses, plus an "international
procession" of cultural groups.
The international portion this year features the Two Spirit Society,
which honors gay and lesbian American Indians as holy people; a German
folk dance group; and performers of the Lion Dance, a Chinese New Year
tradition "meant to chase away evil spirits and welcome good luck and
good fortune for the year."
Those groups are considered examples of ethnic diversity, not religious groups, a parade official said.
It appears that the only real separation of church and state that matters is the separation of the Christian church and the state.