(Thanks for sharing this sermon on Facebook over a 200 times!) by Reverend Anthony R. Locke Sermon Series in Revelation # 22 Preached on Pulpit Freedom Sunday 2012 Revelation 11:15-19 English Standard Version 15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has…Read More
by Reverend Anthony R. Locke Psalm 56:1-13 English Standard Version 1 To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath. Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me; all day long an attacker oppresses me; 2 my enemies trample on me all…Read More
Freedom of religion is at the heart of the American understanding of liberty. Under our constitutional order, the free exercise of religion is not a mere matter of toleration but an inalienable natural right.
As George Washington explained in his famous letter to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport: “All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights.” There are, of course, some limits to the free exercise of religion. Citizens cannot invoke the First Amendment to break general laws (although exemptions may be granted).
But within the confines of the law, all citizens have the same right of conscience. This essay is adapted from The Heritage Guide to the Constitution for a series providing constitutional guidance for lawmakers.Read More