A simple search of the news for “religious freedom” or “freedom of religion” will paint a clear picture of the state of our First Amendment rights in the United States. And it is a troubling picture, to be sure.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last summer to violate the First Amendment and force the “progressive” agenda on the whole nation, doing away with the right for a person or business to operate based on their religious principles. This was just another in a long string of Supreme Court cases to whittle away at the right to freely practice religion.
But now, the states themselves are choosing to fight back. Over the last several months, legislation has been raised in a number of states to combat the Supreme Court. The legislation is specifically aimed at restoring the freedom of religion that the Constitution guarantees.
But in some instances it is a futile effort. A bill may pass the state legislature, only to be vetoed by the governor. And in some instances, such as with Georgia, outside groups are putting pressure on the state government to abandon the hope for true freedom of religion.
The right to practice religion (or not practice religion) in the United States has been guaranteed since the Constitution was written in 1789. That right has never been challenged the way it has been in the last decade. Just twenty years ago, the U.S. government established a law providing for the freedom of religion. And now, that law – and others like it – are being summarily overturned by a new “progressive” government.
Times change, and the Constitution was designed to adapt to those changes. But the United States is still a very religious country. But the governments of this country – federal, state, and local – believe that they know what is best for the people, despite the people voting against those rules.
The number of cases that have been brought before courts in the last decade pertaining to the violation of religious freedom should speak to the government that the people do not want their rights trampled.
The United States is a democracy, and every person over the age of eighteen has the obligation to vote for the government that establishes the laws we must all abide by. This is an election year, and if the religious voters got out and voted with their religious freedom in mind, the “progressive” government would be put to rest, and freedom of religion would be restored.