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originally posted by: Words
All of a sudden religious liberty is a bad thing, even though it is a human right.
Freedom of religious is indeed our “first freedom”—being the first listed right of our First Amendment.
This has been a core American principle from the beginning.
It is one of the reasons that this country was settled in the first place.
The promise of freedom of conscience brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth, the Catholics to Maryland, the Quakers to Pennsylvania, the Scot-Presbyterians to the middle colonies, and Roger Williams to Rhode Island.
Each one of these groups and others knew what it was like to be hated, persecuted, outnumbered, and discriminated against.
Each one knew what it was like to have a majority try to force them to deny their natural right to practice the faith they held dear.
Our Founders gave religious expression a double protection in the First Amendment. Not only do we possess freedom to exercise our beliefs but we also enjoy the freedom of speech.
Our Founders’ understanding of and commitment to religious freedom was truly brilliant as well as historic.
Of course, this is entirely consistent with another of my favorite Jefferson quotes that you will find at his memorial just across the mall from where we are today:
"For I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." This is what our Founders believed.
They clearly recognized that an individual’s relationship to God is a natural right and precedes the existence of the state, and is not subject to state control.
These concepts were placed into our Constitution and laws and formed a national consensus that has greatly militated against religious hostility and violence—and has helped us to this day to be one of the world’s most diverse religious people.
But in recent years, the cultural climate in this country—and in the West more generally—has become less hospitable to people of faith. Many Americans have felt that their freedom to practice their faith has been under attack.
And it’s easy to see why. We’ve seen nuns ordered to buy contraceptives.
We’ve seen U.S. Senators ask judicial and executive branch nominees about dogma—even though the Constitution explicitly forbids a religious test for public office. We’ve all seen the ordeal faced so bravely by Jack Phillips.
Americans from a wide variety of backgrounds are concerned about what this changing cultural climate means for the future of religious liberty in this country.
This administration is animated by that same American view that has led us for 242 years: that every American has a right to believe, worship, and exercise their faith in the public square.
This approach has served this country well. We are perhaps the most religiously developed nation in the world and can take pride in respecting all people as they fully exercise their faiths.
Our Constitution guarantees freedom OF religion. Not freedom FROM religion. There is a growing hostility against the faithful in this country that MUST end.
originally posted by: Metallicus
I can see why it would freak you out that people have their rights protected. I realize these folks aren’t gay or some sort of transgendered, but believe it or not every American deserves to have their personal liberty preserved.
originally posted by: BlueAjah
a reply to: olaru12
It is apparent that you totally miss the point of Religious Freedom.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
originally posted by: BlueAjah
There is a push to make America free FROM religion instead of freedom OF religion.
Let's just say this were true, no one can stop you from believing in Allah or attending your local mosque.