My title question could be applied to all freedoms. Is there a limit to our freedoms as defined in the constitution and as granted by God in the inalienability of those rights? Is there a condition where any right should be restricted or limited? Attempting to answer that question might be like opening pandora’s box and, if not handled with extreme care, could lead to massive overreaches by the federal government in infringing those rights.
In today’s America, we have those in positions of authority and power who are overtly and covertly infringing upon our Religious Freedoms. It is a dangerous situation that could and likely will morph into the infringement upon all our freedoms and rights. Those who believe that rights come from the government applaud the tyrannical actions of this administration. Those who believe our rights are inalienable and must be defended are appalled and see the dangers therein. But my question is valid, “Is there a limit to our Religious and other Freedoms?”
The present administration’s actions demonstrate that they believe they have the right to force the public to adopt their version of Religious Rights and Freedoms. Their actions are counter to the biblical definitions and declarations, but since they seem to believe they are gods, they ignore all biblical authority.
The fact that they have no respect for the Constitution, as written, is exemplified in a continuing push to force their ideologies upon everyone and force the public to adapt their core religious convictions to meet their guidelines. That is more than a little disturbing; it is diabolical and will destroy Religious Liberty if allowed to continue.
They do not respect the protections of the Constitution, or the Church Amendment, which protects the conscience of medical doctors or anyone. I am referring to a court case brought by a religious hospital in 2016 with more than 20,000 healthcare professionals. This administration is acting as though it had a legal and moral right to punish doctors or groups unwilling to perform ‘gender transition surgery and abortions.’ I recall in the Bible the disciples standing before the authorities of their day and asking, “Whom do we obey, man or God?” That is still a legitimate question for this era.
The Obama administration launched an assault on Religious Freedoms and Rights in 2016 as they rejected conscience objections, and the Biden team has breathed new life into that objective. The courts have backed the Constitution, but the Biden team has no regard for the courts, the constitution, or the Bible, so they continue illegally pushing their unconstitutional and anti-biblical agenda of gender transition. They have unleashed pedophiles on our children, and the indoctrination (brainwashing) is in full bloom.
We have watched the repeated actions that seek to force compliance to the governmental mandated agenda regardless of the moral conscience of doctors and the public. Religious objections are unimportant to this administration. That reality should cause every American who loves liberty and freedom to be concerned. Sadly, for many, even in the Christian Community, the Bible is not considered authoritative. The result of that approach will not bode well for a Free America. Where are we free if we are not Free in our Religious convictions?
Back to my title question and one of the reasons I raised it. What about non-Christian religions that have as their core tenets hate and violence? Should they be allowed unrestricted religious freedom? Our elected officials, many in the media, and some in religious circles insist that Islam is a Religion of Peace and nothing in their tenets promote hate or violence. They insist that Islam is a tolerant, peaceful religion. Is that true?
Let me refer you to a few verses in the Quran – 2:256 – “Let there be no compulsion in religion, for the truth stands out clearly from falsehood.” Is that what they believe? If so, that is commendable. But if we dig a little deeper, we find contradictions to that view in the Quran.
How about 8:38 – “Tell the disbelievers that if they desist, their past will be forgiven. But if they persist, then they have an example in those destroyed before them.” Then, 9;29 – “Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day, nor comply with what Allah and his Messenger have forbidden, nor embrace the religion of truth from among those who were given the scripture, until they pay the tax, willingly submitting, fully humbled.” One more 9:33 – “He is the one who has sent his messenger with true guidance and the religion of truth, making it prevail over all others, even to the dismay of the polytheists.”
In 9:5 – “fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war).” Islamic countries brutalize women and kill infidels, and anyone practicing homosexuality or things they deem a violation of their religion. As stated by their book and many experts in their religion, the objective is a takeover of the world. It is expressed that they are allowed to lie and deceive to gain the upper hand.
On the one hand, in defense of Religious Freedom, I would contend that they must be allowed to preach their faith, but on the other, must not be allowed to carry out the actions demanded by their book. That makes it a Pandora’s Box issue. If we allow them to teach and preach their hate and violence, will that not result in some taking the actions called for? At what point do we restrict any religious freedom in the interest of safety?
But, moving away from Islam, I address the protection of Religious Freedom as recognized by the constitution and the Bible; we must not allow the government to force doctors, ministers, educators, or the public to cede their conscience. We must demand that the government allow each person to follow their faith. I do not advocate allowing anyone to commit acts of violence or incite riots and anarchy. Still, I do advocate allowing people to practice their faith within the context of peacefulness.
Referring to the biblical definition of sin is not hate speech. However, if I were to say that the Bible says to kill anyone who disagrees, that would be another issue. If I were to call for all Christians to begin killing Muslims or those practicing lifestyles that the Bible rejects, that would be another issue. But, if I say, “God hates sin,” I am not engaging in hate speech, and that right should be protected. My core convictions are inalienable, and no government has a right to punish me for my beliefs unless I take actions to do others harm. Then, the action is not against my religion but my behavior.
Religious Freedom and all our Freedoms must be protected; otherwise, we become a nation subjected to tyrannical despotism where the ruling class defines what we can and cannot believe. I may or may not agree with what someone believes, but if they believe it without acting in violence, I will defend their right to believe it. I will weep for them because I believe the Bible and believe that eternity is dependent upon accepting Jesus as our savior.
We have many difficult questions that the elected officials are mishandling. America’s status as the Free Constitutional Republic is being threatened by government overreach and infringement.
God bless you, and God bless America!