Religious Liberty

The Family Foundation believes in religious liberty for all people. All liberty flows out of religious liberty, and since religious convictions are a matter of the heart, all people must have the liberty to let their conscience dictate their beliefs. Early Americans had a phrase that described this; they called it the “liberty of conscience.” By that, they simply meant that only their Creator had the right and the ability to judge their beliefs. Government could judge only their actions or the outer part of man. They would often quote from the Bible the phrase “where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” This is why William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, would phrase it this way; he said, “I owe my conscience to no man.” It’s likewise the reason that Thomas Jefferson, in the Declaration of Independence, would pen these words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. “ It’s why the Founders, when they wrote the Constitution, would include first in that list of clarifying amendments that we call the Bill of Rights these words: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Since we get our view of ourselves and our neighbors from our view of our Creator, it is absolutely necessary that we preserve religious liberty for the sake of all men. The Family Foundation is committed to preserving religious liberty. We believe it’s the most important liberty we have.

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