Religious Freedom Week Highlights Modern Challenges to Religion and Religious Practice

Religious Freedom Week 2019

In the U.S., we often take for granted our ability to practice our faith free of harassment or persecution. While we face challenges in the area of religious freedom in our country, we don't often face death threats for living our lives in accord with our religious convictions. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 decision that a World War I memorial in the form of a 32-foot high cross erected in 1925 in Maryland did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It was a welcome decision reflecting common sense reasoning that seems to be in short supply in politics these days.  

Today's meditation for Religious Freedom Week asks us to reflect upon the benefits of religious practice to the public good. It is important for us as people of faith to speak up in defense of our freedom to express our Christian values publicly, and to the benefits to society of religious practice generally. Our freedom to do so is one thing that makes America unique. This week, the U.S. State Department issued its annual report on religious freedom across the globe. Not surprisingly, the report identifies continued concerns in a number of countries with a history of repressing religious minorities. For more on this report, click here.

July 2, 2019 - 9:30am

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