Religious freedom is the human right to think, act upon and express what one deeply believes, according to the dictates of his or her moral conscience.In speaking about religious freedom as established by the founding fathers, Elder Oaks has stated: “For many of the Founding Fathers, and for many Americans today, religious liberty is the basic civil liberty because faith in God and His teachings and the active practice of religion are the most fundamental guiding realities of life. Thus, for many citizens, religious liberty provides the very reason that all other civil liberties are desired.”Furthermore, in the view of the founding fathers, maintaining and protecting religious freedom is essential if society is to be maintained and preserved. Thus John Adams, the second U.
S. President, observed, “We have no government armed with sufficient power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.”Therefore, the American people have the right to freedom of religion and they have the right to defend that freedom. We can preserve and strengthen these rights and freedoms by the following: Firstly, we can join forces with our neighbors and like-minded people from all faiths to work together in defending against these attacks.
In most of the recent legal cases that have ruled in favor of religious freedom, it has been the direct result of faith-based communities banding together for a common good. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, who is one who has worked tirelessly to help facilitate such joint efforts, recently stated, “The larger and more united the Christian voice, the more likely we are to carry the day in these matters.
In that regard we should remember the Savior’s warning regarding “a house divided against itself”—a house that finds it cannot stand against more united foes pursuing an often unholy agenda (Luke 11:17).”Secondly, we need to bring religion and the principles of truth upon which our faith and testimony are based into the public discussion and not be intimidated and chased away by those who would ridicule or attack our beliefs. As such there is the need for us to share our values and beliefs in the public square. Fourthly, we have a duty, as well as a right, to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and to let our light shine that it might bless all of those with whom we associate. In totality, the founding fathers build United State of America on the bases of freedom of religion.
So it makes sense that people of today need to be educated on their civil rights, so they can defend the right to free worship.