The Liberty Threat: Attack on Religious Freedom in America

The Liberty Threat: Attack on Religious Freedom in America

November 18, 2014 12:00 ET
City officials in Houston subpoenaed sermons from area pastors to see what they've said about sexuality and gender. Christian ministries are being pushed off college campus for having Christian statements of faith. A New Mexico Supreme Court justice wrote in an opinion that Christian businesspeople "compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives" are simply paying a "price of citizenship." Assaults on our religious liberty have become commonplace and we are losing what are supposed to be constitutionally guaranteed rights at an alarming pace. The Founding Fathers understood the necessity of religious practice unimpeded by governmental authority, but

City officials in Houston subpoenaed sermons from area pastors to see what they've said about sexuality and gender. Christian ministries are being pushed off college campus for having Christian statements of faith. A New Mexico Supreme Court justice wrote in an opinion that Christian businesspeople "compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives" are simply paying a "price of citizenship."

Assaults on our religious liberty have become commonplace and we are losing what are supposed to be constitutionally guaranteed rights at an alarming pace. The Founding Fathers understood the necessity of religious practice unimpeded by governmental authority, but time and vast cultural change have eroded this from the consciences of many modern politicians and judges.

The struggle for religious liberty has been present since the time of the Roman Empire. By looking at how the Ancient Christian world relates to the failures of our own Supreme Court, it is possible to see what has led to so much government interference in personal religious beliefs in the name of "equality." As we watch America teeter ever closer to the brink of moral collapse and prejudice against religion becomes even more institutionalized, one question always surfaces: How can we stop this?

Dr. James Tonkowich is the author of The Liberty Threat: The Assault on Religious Freedom in America Today from St. Benedict Press. For nearly five years he worked with Chuck Colson, managing BreakPoint Radio, founding a magazine, writing, speaking, and developing a curriculum including the Centurions Program. He served in business, youth ministry, and as a pastor. He has been a Senior Fellow at The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation and president of the Institute on Religion & Democracy. He is currently a writer, commentator, and speaker focusing on the role of religion in our public life. His weekly column appears at ChristianHeadlines.com. In addition to writing, Dr. Tonkowich serves as Special Advisor to the President for Strategic Initiatives at Wyoming Catholic College. He and his wife, Dottie, live in Northern Virginia.

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City officials in Houston subpoenaed sermons from area pastors to see what they've said about sexuality and gender. Christian ministries are being pushed off college campus for having Christian statements of faith. A New Mexico Supreme Court justice wrote in an opinion that Christian businesspeople "compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives" are simply paying a "price of citizenship."

Assaults on our religious liberty have become commonplace and we are losing what are supposed to be constitutionally guaranteed rights at an alarming pace. The Founding Fathers understood the necessity of religious practice unimpeded by governmental authority, but time and vast cultural change have eroded this from the consciences of many modern politicians and judges.

The struggle for religious liberty has been present since the time of the Roman Empire. By looking at how the Ancient Christian world relates to the failures of our own Supreme Court, it is possible to see what has led to so much government interference in personal religious beliefs in the name of "equality." As we watch America teeter ever closer to the brink of moral collapse and prejudice against religion becomes even more institutionalized, one question always surfaces: How can we stop this?

Dr. James Tonkowich is the author of The Liberty Threat: The Assault on Religious Freedom in America Today from St. Benedict Press. For nearly five years he worked with Chuck Colson, managing BreakPoint Radio, founding a magazine, writing, speaking, and developing a curriculum including the Centurions Program. He served in business, youth ministry, and as a pastor. He has been a Senior Fellow at The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation and president of the Institute on Religion & Democracy. He is currently a writer, commentator, and speaker focusing on the role of religion in our public life. His weekly column appears at ChristianHeadlines.com. In addition to writing, Dr. Tonkowich serves as Special Advisor to the President for Strategic Initiatives at Wyoming Catholic College. He and his wife, Dottie, live in Northern Virginia.

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