Thursday, October 8, 2009

Religious Liberty is God's Gift

I attended the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty Board Meeting earlier this week in Washington, D.C. It was a good meeting which concluded with a White House Briefing at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Tuesday afternoon. The briefing focused on areas related to both domestic and international religious liberty issues.

The U.S. Constitution, in the first amendment of the Bill of Rights, contains twin guarantees concerning religion. The first requires that there be no establishment of religion and, second, that the freedom of religious expression is protected. Taken together, and interpreted broadly, these clauses provide strong legal protections for religious freedom. I believe they provide protection for the freedom of conscious God gives to each of us. Religion should never be coerced. Rather it should be a free response to God.

Baptist have historically stood for Religious Liberty, and I am grateful we have the opportunity to support the BJC in it advocacy and educational work on behalf of all Americans. If you are not supporting the work of the BJC personally or through your church, I hope you join me in providing support for this work. Check out the BJC at www.bjconline.org.

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