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Don’t Buy the Lie That Freedom to Worship Is the Same as Religious Freedom

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Jul 10, 2015.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    The right to live, work and worship according to one’s faith is a freedom foundational to the United States. Many of the first settlers, having faced religious persecution in England, sought a place where they could freely worship and live according to their conscience without interference from the government. The Founders were clear, and the Bill of Rights makes it fundamental to our constitutional order that the government should not infringe on the free exercise of religion.

    In recent years, however, Americans have increasingly faced attempts to water down this robust understanding of religious freedom to a mere “freedom to worship.”

    Through expansive government mandates and cultural pressures, this incorrect view of religious liberty argues that faith should remain a private affair—relegated to personal activities or weekend worship services. Step outside the four walls of a home or house of worship and robust protection of religious freedom ends.


    http://dailysignal.com/2014/09/21/d...ok&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=thffacebook
     
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    That's a pretty good article.

    Something she didn't bring out is that the church (all manifestations of all denominations) has done a poor job of keeping the importance of religious liberty in the public consciousness. By not presenting separation of church and state as a good thing (and sometimes even railing against it!), the church has allowed the government to be the arbiter of morality and religious practice in the U.S.

    The church does not have to have earthly power to reclaim awareness of religious liberty in the public consciousness, but instead promote the virtues and benefits it provides to all Americans every day. Unfortunately, the time most people think about religious liberty is when an individual, a church, or religious institution takes a stand against a prevailing social practice of the day. That's when it is nearly too late to capture the high ground.

    Thanks for posting!
     
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