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lighthouse in storm

Americans are living in treacherous times. Economic collapse is just around the corner, a huge presidential election is looming, and terrorism has begun to invade our society (Orlando, Florida https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/jun/12/florida-nightclub-shooting-terrorism-suspect-updates) and malls (Crossroads Mall of St. Cloud, Minnesota http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/18/us/minnesota-mall-stabbing/index.html and the Cascade Mall of Burlington, Washington http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/09/25/islamic-terror-homeland-security-chair-good-chance-mall-shooting/).

And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Just like the iceberg that sunk the “unsinkable” Titanic, an iceberg of enormous proportions spreads out beneath the United States of America, piercing this nation with unprecedented destruction.

Those who came to these shores in 1620 state in the Mayflower Compact that they came here for “the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith” (http://www.ushistory.org/documents/mayflower.htm). Later the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution carefully states, in Amendment 1, that “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.” For 200 years this nation has stood for “liberty and justice for all” (Pledge of Allegiance).

It was for freedom of Christianity that most came to these shores; it was for freedom of religion that this nation was founded.

Nevertheless and in spite of the Bill of Rights, the freedom to be Christian in this nation is being destroyed,

**from the attempt to intimidate preachers behind the pulpit (http://time.com/3514166/houston-pastors-sermons-subpoenaed),

**to prohibiting Christmas greetings, displays and carols (http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/now-school-bans-christmas-carol-melodies/, http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/20/obamas-va-facility-bans-merry-christmas/),

**to fining Christian bakers and photographers for not catering to what their conscience deems ungodly (http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2013/12/12/christian-baker-willing-to-go-to-jail-for-declining-gay-wedding-cake, http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/07/03/christian-bakers-fined-135000-for-refusing-to-make-wedding-cake-for-lesbians.html, http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865557098/New-Mexico-photographer-loses-third-round-of-gay-discrimination-case-but-attorneys-vow-fight-isnt.html?pg=all, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/07/supreme-court-gay-marriage-new-mexico-photographer),

**to the silencing and even arrest of those who simply pray at football games (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/coach-joe-kennedy-satan_us_56316e81e4b00aa54a4cb520), and **or praying during fires (http://truthuncensored.net/fireman-suspended-jailed-by-atheist-mayor-for-praying-at-scene-of-fire/),

**to the discrimination against educators who believe in creationism rather than evolution (http://creation.com/discrimination-against-creation-scientists),

**to U.S. tax dollars paying for Planned Parenthood (http://aclj.org/pro-life/how-500-million-tax-dollars-helped-planned-parenthood).

**Not only this, but our U.S. tax dollars are going overseas to pay nations that are anti-Israel and anti-Christian such as Iran (http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/17/politics/us-pays-iran-1-7-billion/index.html), **and to the U.N. who “marginalizes Christians and others targeted by ISIS” (“The U.S. and U.N. Have Abandoned Christian Refugees” (http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-u-s-and-u-n-have-abandoned-christian-refugees-1475795956).

What has led to this? How did we get from the “greatest generation” of the 1940s, the celebration of respect and goodness of “Leave It To Beaver” and “Father Knows Best” of the 1950s to our present day persecution of all that is modest, good, and moral? The answer is deeper and fouler than you might think….

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