Monday, July 20, 2009

The Free Exercise of Religion

My forefather, Patrick Henry, wrote the 15th and 16th articles of the Virginia Bill Rights, which served as a precursor to US Bill of Rights, the first Ten Amendments. The 16th article read:

16. That religion, or the duty which we owe to our CREATOR and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.

The free exercise of religion ought to guarantee us the right to preach the gospel of truth as long as we live. It is shameful our country has lost sight of the freedom of conscience and religion in order to give special rights to those who object to its moral truths.


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