The Right of Religious Freedom

declarationTwo great themes of the Declaration of Independence are the consent of the people and the protection of their equal rights. The government, subsequently established by our Constitution, was to be the guardian of the people’s rights, and was given only certain, defined powers.

Our government’s first function is to preserve and protect our rights, especially our unalienable “human rights” to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and especially our civil liberties. The very first liberty listed in our Bill of Rights, is our religious liberty:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

Please note that government is prohibited from limiting our “free exercise” of religion. Some politicians and academicians want to limit our religious liberties to only the “freedom of worship,” at a place and time to be proscribed by them. They are not informed nor inspired by religion in their daily living and don’t want the religiously inclined among them to be so, either.

To retain our religious liberties, going “forward,” we must be prepared to stand up and speak out.

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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