Recently, the U.S. Congress was scored on its acceptance of religious freedom in the United States. While this may seem like something that makes sense, it, in fact, does not. Why should Congress be scored on religious freedom? Should that body not accept religious freedom, defined in the First Amendment to the Constitution they swore to uphold? Yes, in fact, Congress should willingly uphold the freedom of religion in the United States, as defined by the First Amendment to the Constitution. But, unfortunately, many members of Congress choose to shirk this job, and let religion be trampled like so many other liberties in this great nation.
Freedom of religion is included in the First Amendment for a reason. The Founders thought it deserved a special place among the laws of the fledgling United States, and so placed it above all other Constitutional Amendments. But so many lawmakers choose to ignore this law (that is what it is, after all – a law), and fight against freedom of religion as it was meant to be in the United States. There are other countries in the world that have tried to emulate the freedoms of the United States of America, but none have been successful. However, in some of these nations where freedom of religion is enforced, there is more freedom to express one’s religious beliefs, and to live them on a daily basis – regardless of what those beliefs may be.
Congress exists to enact laws to benefit the people of the United States. Yet, when it comes to freedom of religion, they fail to act in accordance with the Constitution. We should not be scoring Congress on their unwillingness to enact laws in support of religious freedom. Instead, we should be demanding that Congress pass laws to uphold the Constitution of the United States, including the free practice of religion.