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Religious Freedom being threatened in America

Catholics are winding down their Fortnight of Freedom, which will conclude on July 4th with the celebration of our Independence and Liberty. We are praying for our Constitutional freedoms, especially Religious Freedom.

In a previous post, I stated that Religious Freedom is a fundamental right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution, which declares, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The government is prohibiting the free exercise of religion with President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

The Health and Human Services Mandate is forcing Americans to provide and pay for medical procedures that violate the sanctity of life and are immoral according to their religious beliefs.

The Virginia  Statute for Religious Freedom, written by Thomas Jefferson and passed by the  state assembly in 1786 stated that “no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any  religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced,  restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise  suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion.”

Religious freedom compels us to ask, if America has reached a point, where being a Christian and speaking out for religious freedom is now considered unprotected speech or un-American because of beliefs based on the commandment, “Thou Shalt not Kill,” as opposed to the dictates of the current Washington  administration?

Our Founding Fathers had experienced the tyranny of state imposed religious practices. They wished to ensure in America that the government could not force its views in place of the people’s religious beliefs.

It’s hypocritical of the government to claim separation of church and state until it doesn’t suit their purposes, such as the state forcing religious institutions to provide or pay for abortions.

We must all resist that violation of our religious rights under the Constitution to practice our faith, and not only within the confines of the four walls of our churches, as the government is attempting to define religious institutions under this law!

This time the government is forcing its views on those of us who believe that the sanctity of life should not be infringed. Whose religious beliefs will be next, if we let this violation of our religious freedom pass?

As we celebrate July 4th, the independence of our country, let’s be aware of our country’s efforts to deny religious freedom. People have fought and died for our freedoms. Can we do any less? We must stand up for what is right, just and moral. We must resist this attempt by Washington to take away our religious freedom.

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