The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were crystal clear on the priority of religious liberty. The first sentence of the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The oft-ignored second portion of that, the free exercise clause, is essential. It assures any American citizen can practice the religion of their choice without interference from the government.
Throughout our 200-plus-year history, the First Amendment has stood strong. It’s been challenged by society at times, but thankfully upheld by our courts and supported by our government.
The state of Indiana recently passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. According to Gov. Mike Pence, it was intended to protect the constitutional rights and privileges of freedom of religion for people of faith and families of faith in Indiana. This is a good thing, right? Steeped in American tradition as old as the Constitution itself.
Wrong. Freedom to exercise your own spirituality somehow offends the gay community. They claim it is intolerant and is an attack on their lifestyle. Ironically, their response has been to attack supporters of the law with intolerance of religious beliefs.