The Constitution of the United States protects the rights of all Americans to follow their religious conscience and do so freely.
With Thanksgiving coming up, you’re sure to hear a lot of revisionist history version of the historical events on which the holiday is based, including the passage of the Mayflower Pilgrims.
What so many postmodern Americans completely miss in their hip progressive narratives about “colonization” and “white supremacy” is that the Puritans aboard the Mayflower were fleeing a king who was literally throwing them in jail for worshipping Jesus differently than the official state church of England.
Our Founding Fathers united Americans living in the still very young colonies, many of which were founded precisely to protect religious freedom, establishing protections for this sacred right in their original charters.
Religious freedom and the unique liberties we enjoy in this great social experiment that is our constitutional republic are inextricably linked, and as this sacred right is under attack from the radical left, so is the very foundation of our nation.
On Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito warned of the slippery slope of violating religious freedom to the degree as has been done under COVID-19 restrictions and legal attacks on Christian employers or small business owners.
During his virtual keynote speech at a conference for the Federalist Society, Alito warned that “tolerance for opposing views is now in short supply” while addressing contemporary discourse in law schools and within the “broader academic community,” Red State reports.
“In certain quarters religious liberty has fast become a disfavored right,” he explained. “For many today, religious liberty is not a cherished freedom. It’s often just an excuse for bigotry and it can’t be tolerated even when there’s no evidence that anybody has been harmed.”
He pointed to the cases of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Catholic nuns who have fought to not be forced to provide birth control to employees as it violates their conscience and Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who declined to bake a cake for a gay wedding.
“The question we face is whether our society will be inclusive enough to tolerate people with unpopular religious beliefs,” he explained, stating that Christians have the same right to religious liberty as any other group.
The coronavirus meanwhile “resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty” which cannot be allowed to remain in place in the aftermath of the pandemic.
He pointed to the state of Nevada, where casinos were allowed to re-open more liberally than houses of worship following initial lockdowns earlier this year.
“Nevada was unable to provide any justification for treating casinos more favorably than other houses of worship,” he said in reference to a recent SCOTUS case in which the justices deferred to the governor who had sanctioned keeping casinos opened.
“Religious liberty is in danger of becoming a second-class right,” Alito added.
If you’ve followed Elizabeth Johnston for any amount of time, you will know how very true the justice’s words ring.
On both the state level and by woke capitalists and keyboard Twitter warriors, our society is barreling down a very dangerous path towards the complete reversal of everything the Pilgrims sought to establish in the New World, and everything our Founding Fathers had designs to protect.
It is impossible to state a belief in the traditional definition of marriage, the biological definition of gender, or the absolute truth of the Christian worldview without being branded a bigot who is less entitled to your opinions.
This is not an equal society, this is a bigoted society–against anyone the progressive left deems a “bigot.” How painful is that irony?
Let’s take the justices warning to heart—if we do not fight for our rights we will lose them.
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