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 of humanity.
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’ liberties.
The individual is the smallest most precious minority and through the practice of reason and truth liberty must be protected.
In America, we have the right to believe or not believe in gods 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 others’ liberties, 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 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 and that’s a problem.
America was designed to not only help the individual thrive, but also to protect the individual from government.
Without liberty, America wouldn’t exist.
Our founders not only gave us a revolutionary republican government structure, they spelled out the rules. 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. Interestingly, some of the Founding Founders did not think the Bill of Rights was necessary because they believed that these were obvious. However, human nature being what it is, they ultimately agreed to write the Bill of Rights just in case there was any confusion. It turns out, once again, they were right.
Baked into the founding concepts of religious freedom is the important idea that religion and government should be as separate as possible. In fact, bad things happen when they comingle. 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. Government should not pick winners and losers whether it’s in business or religion.