Freedom of Religion

“The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreeably to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights.” -George Washington

Freedom to worship according to an individuals belief is part of our American heritage. Persecuted for their religious beliefs in Europe, the Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to seek their freedom and establish an American colony where they could practice and spread their religion freely.

Today freedom to worship is enshrined in the Bill of Rights as part of the United States Constitution which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. Yet we see bolder attempts by secularists and atheists to hinder the exercise of this freedom.

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. When our Founding Fathers passed the First Amendment, they sought to protect churches from government interference. They never intended to construct a wall of hostility between government and the concept of religious belief itself. … To those who cite the First Amendment as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions every day, I say: The First Amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny.” -Ronald Reagan

Freedom of Religion by Norman Rockwell

"Freedom of Religion" by Norman Rockwell

The Great Commandment

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. -Matthew 22:37-39

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