Ham: Is Religious Freedom Only Limited to Belief?

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taberandrew CC Compfight

[Editor’s Note: Tolerance is faithlessness. We have the right to self defense and the defense of our loved ones should a criminal force a threat to life in other areas and the state protects us. But as seen above, our hands are tied and yet we do as much as the state allows. The murderous mother and abortionist pose a threat to life and the state should express a faith in God and arrest murders and make abortion impossible. In the event we find ourselves having to intervene as responsible citizens, we should backed in making a citizen’s arrest of a potential murderer rather than appealing with signs, but that seems all too far fetched and foreign.]

Is our religious freedom here in America limited to freedom of belief but not freedom of expression?1 There’s a difference. You see, more and more we’re noticing the media and courts expressing their religious beliefs when they say that the rest of us are free to have our beliefs but we, unlike the elite, just can’t act on them. As one opinion piece says,

Religious freedom is integral to this country. It must—and will—be protected. But what is being increasingly recognized is that religious freedom gives us all a right to our beliefs. This right, though, like all our rights, has limits . . . Religious liberty can’t be used by businesses to turn away lesbian and gay couples seeking to celebrate a relationship, or by religiously associated nonprofits who treat women employees like second-class citizens by denying contraceptive coverage.

So, basically, what this writer and others are saying is that religious belief is protected in America, but not the expression of it. But what’s the point of even having religious beliefs if you can’t act on them? That’s ridiculous! If you can’t act on your religious beliefs and convictions, then your religious freedoms become nothing more than a meaningless phrase. What exactly is religious freedom protecting if it’s not allowing me the right to act on what I believe?

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