Do You Really Have Religious Freedom If You Can’t Act on or Even Express Your Beliefs?

By Marissa Mayer

You’ve heard it before—you’re free to believe whatever you want, but not necessarily free to act on those beliefs.

This is a common lecture from anti-religion advocates who prefer a world where people of faith are downgraded to the fringe of society, safely hidden behind the closed doors of their homes and houses of worship.

Never mind that this country was founded on religious freedom. And that the First Amendment expressly protects the free exercise of religion.

But just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, and that what religious freedom means in America couldn’t be more misunderstood . . . in walks Bernie Sanders.

The fact is there is a new movement rearing its ugly head that takes that first statement a step further. Now, if some in our society are to be believed, not only are you not free to peacefully live and work according to your beliefs, but you’re not even allowed to express them! And if you do, be prepared to face the consequences.

Senator Sanders highlighted this perfectly in a recent rant during a Senate hearing for Russ Vought, President Trump’s nominee for Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Sanders’ entire line of questioning focused on Mr. Vought’s Christian belief that Jesus is the only way to heaven, which he expressed in an article years ago in support of his alma mater, Wheaton College.  The senator then ended his questioning by stating, “I would simply say, Mr. Chairman, that this nominee is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.”

And unfortunately, it’s a sentiment that we’re seeing replicated across the country…

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Do You Really Have Religious Freedom If You Can’t Act on or Even Express Your Beliefs?