Restoring Religious Rights

Bill of Rights with hands tearingThe very first of our Constitution’s Bill of Rights guarantees religious freedoms. Yet, in recent years, states have had to reaffirm those rights with various “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts” (RFRA), seeking to protect religious liberties, often in the face of discriminatory demands of homosexual and same-sex marriage advocates.

Since homosexual practices are choices, not guaranteed by the Constitution, they cannot be pursued as a “civil right.” Instead, same-sex marriages are demanded by some as an “equal rights” concession.

Most Americans have no hate or ill will towards homosexuals and, with traditional American tolerance, would be happy to “live and let live.” But, many (if not most) advocates for those lifestyles want to rewrite laws, challenge traditions and limit the religious liberties of others.

Let us pray for a society that extends religious liberties to its people, but also holds true to anti-discrimination ideals for all Americans.

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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