Do you have a freedom to worship or freedom of religion?
I’m sure you know that the Pilgrims came to our shores in 1620, seeking freedom to worship as their consciences dictated. Their passion for Jesus Christ became ingrained in the American soul, and greatly influenced our Founding Fathers as they formed a new government in the 18th century. These men wrote and passed the historic U.S. Constitution, and added to it a Bill of Rights shortly thereafter. It consisted of 10 Amendments guaranteeing specific liberties for the American people. There has never been anything like it in the history of the world. The first of the 10 Amendments secured religious liberties for all citizens and provided the foundation for the other nine.”
I continued, “In recent years, however, there has been a growing assault on these rights, notably religious liberty. Our Supreme Court has struck down Bible reading in schools and even prohibited prayer to an unidentified God. Then, they banned the posting of the Ten Commandments on bulletin boards. From there, the limitation on religious liberties has become even more egregious.
“Most recently, President Obama and Hillary Clinton have been referring to ‘freedom of worship,’ rather than ‘freedom of religion.’ Do you understand their motive? They are suggesting that Americans are free to worship in their churches and synagogues, but not in the public square.”
In the opinion article, Dr. Dobson tells about his chance to ask Donald Trump a question, the response and his concerns about Christian media.
I admire the ability of some people to catch the rhetorical changes which mean so much. Dr. Dobson is correct of course, that the opinions of Christians, Jews and other faithful people are being forced from the public square.
Oddly, this comes at exactly the same moment that the views of some more physically aggressive religious people (and they know who they are) are being enshrined in law in Europe and the UK.
Will you be chased into the shadows by those who think they can “let you” worship, but will force you to stay silent in the public square? Do the lessons of faith and God inform you as a citizen?