President Trump issued a proclamation on Religious Freedom Day to “celebrate our nation’s long-standing commitment to freedom of conscience and freedom to profess one’s own faith.”
The right to religious freedom is indeed a privilege that is pre-political, meaning that it is an aspect of our humanity. As human beings made in the image of God, no civil government can legitimately infringe on this right.
As the President’s proclamation says, “The right to religious freedom is innate to the dignity of every human person and is foundational to the pursuit of truth.” We are created with a natural desire to understand the world around us and to know our Creator. Our ability to pursue truth and know God is foundational to who we are, and cannot validly be restricted by any government.
Our founders understood this and enshrined government-specific protections in our American system to ensure that our pre-political rights could always be freely exercised. These protective measures include our very structure of government. As a constitutional republic, our Declaration of Independence acknowledges that the only proper role of government is to preserve and protect our God-given rights. We, the American people, do not obtain those from our governing authorities, but rather, by our own consent, we give them limited powers to operate according to the rules set forth in the U.S. Constitution and our state constitutions.
During a time when many are persecuted and are dying for their faith, we, as Americans, must celebrate this wonderful gift of religious freedom—which includes our ability to freely speak about God, associate together to worship, and exercise our freedoms in pursuit of truth. It is a marvelous liberty and one we should not only commemorate, but continue to live out and share with others.
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