Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are fundamental human rights guaranteed to each and every individual. As Jefferson so eloquently put it, these natural rights are “self-evident” and shared by all mankind.
Regardless of race, creed, color, or political beliefs, we are all naturally free people. Free to think, speak, feel, believe, and act any way we choose… as long as it doesn’t infringe on others’ liberty.
Remember: the individual is the smallest, most precious minority that exists, and through the practice of reason and truth, the concept of liberty must be protected.
In America, we have the right to believe…or not; and that’s a wonderful thing.
The Free Exercise Clause is of utmost importance to our country’s survival. America was founded on the concept of religious freedom and that means we all have the right to our own beliefs. As long as we don’t infringe upon each other’s liberty, America prospers. It’s not complicated.
A Free Exchange of Ideas
The First Amendment is first for a reason. Our founders understood that unfettered speech, including speech we hate or find hateful or ‘triggering’, was a key ingredient to a truly free citizenry. However, we’ve seen this concept eroded lately, right before our eyes, in real-time.
Even much of the atheist community which used to pride itself on steadfast free-thinking principles, has fallen victim to the poisonous, emotional forces of Intersectionality, Social Justice, and “Wokeness”. For anyone who’s not firmly on the “Progressive Left,” it has become difficult and even dangerous to speak your mind in America. And that’s a problem.
America was designed to not only help the individual thrive, but protect the individual from government; not the other way around.
Without liberty, America wouldn’t exist.
Our founders not only gave us this revolutionary republican government structure, they spelled out the rules for us. Deceptively succinct, our Constitution has withstood the test of time despite a never-ending series of attempts to chip away at its foundations albeit with the best of intentions.
The Constitution is not only a “how to” manual for our government, The Bill of rights also outlines ten important rights guaranteed to all individuals. Interestingly, some of our Founders did not think the Bill of Rights was necessary because they believed that these were obvious and therefore did not need to be spelled-out. However, human nature being what it is, they ultimately agreed to put them in just in case there was any confusion on the issue. It turns out, once again, they were right.
Baked into the founding concepts of religious freedom and separation of church and state is also the important idea that religion and government should be as separate as possible. In fact, bad things happen when they co-mingle. Tens of millions of engaged Americans – even Americans of Faith – believe that government and religion should absolutely stick to their respective corners. Unfortunately, even today there are “blasphemy” laws, sodomy laws, and “blue” laws still on the books in several states. Government should not “pick winners and losers”, whether it’s in business or religion.