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       religious liberty
 
 
 Religious Liberty Threatened by the Obama Administration

The Heritage Foundation published this blog, "Morning Bell: Protecting 
Religious Liberty from Obamacare" by Sarah Torre on June 25, 2012.

The Obama administration has ordered that religious employers provide 
coverage for abortion-inducing drugs in their health care benefits.  
Such a mandate disregards the consciences of religious believers.

This is an important element in erosion of constitutional protections 
by the Obama administration.

Read the entire article at The Foundry:

                              
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 Religious Liberty - Freedom of Conscience


Religious liberty and freedom of conscience has sometimes been called the “First Freedom” because upon this all other freedoms are built.  There is no true freedom of the press or speech if you cannot say what you believe.  Economic freedom amounts to little if your deepest convictions can be coerced.  The First Amendment to the United States Constitution, states:

 

    “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 redress of grievances.” 

 

Much of the world still does not possess religious freedom.  In many countries where Islam rules Christians and other religious believers are treated as second-class citizens and not even allowed to worship.  In Saudi Arabia no other religions are allowed to worship.  In Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria, Christians are being murdered by Muslims jihadists.  In Sudan the Islamists in the north conducted a two-decade war against the Christians and animists in the south which killed millions of people.  Communist China and Communist North Korea imprison and murder Christians and other religious believers. 

 

January 16th marks the annual “Religious Freedom Day” in the United States.  On this day in 1786, Virginia passed the “Statute on Religious Freedom” which was the special project of Thomas Jefferson.  This law declared that taxes would not be used to support any church. 

 

Baptists, Quakers, Presbyterians and other religious dissenters had long pushed for this law.  In some colonies they had been forced to support state churches with their taxes. Baptists and Presbyterians in Virginia had been required to support the Anglican Church.  Baptists and Quakers in Massachusetts had been required to support the Congregational church (which support continued into the 1830s).

 

This is an event worthy of remembrance.  Religious liberty is a heritage of the American nation and a special gift of America to the world.