Religious Freedom

Not Meant to Remove Religion

Image source: Military Religious Freedom Foundation

The problem with most “religious freedom” groups is that they fail to recognize that what they are fighting against is not religious freedom. In fact, they are fighting for religious apathy, instead. Recently, there is a case brought up by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation against a Marine base in Hawaii. They are claiming that a sign outside the base that states “God bless the military…” violates the religious freedom of those Marines, and Americans, who do not believe in God, or for who “God” is not the same God named on the sign. But where they err is that the sign is not proclaiming one religion is greater than another or that the God on the sign is “GOD”. It is simply asking God to bless the men and women who are serving on that base, whichever God or god they believe in and choose to believe in or not believe in.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the separation of Church and State, was not meant to remove religion from the United States as a whole. It was designed to prevent the Government (State) from imposing a particular set of beliefs on the people of the nation, and to prevent religious bodies (Church) from controlling the Government. It is also open to interpretation for the times in which it is being applied, and in today’s times, people need their faith and their religion – whether they work for the Government or not. And for a military installation to put up a sign asking God to bless those that work there, that is a sign of the times, and a perfect example of how this country needs God to lead it, without interfering in the beliefs of others who do not believe in God or worship a Allah or some other god other than the God of Christianity and Judaism.

Americans are free to worship under any religion they want, without restriction – that Right is guaranteed by the First Amendment. The placing of a sign on a military base does not infringe upon that Right because it is not forcing a religious ideal on anyone. Those entering the base are free to ignore the sign, or say a silent prayer of affirmation as they drive past it. But removing that sign, which will not happen, will not remove religion from the hearts and minds of the American people.

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