Religious liberty and politics — tread carefully

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Everyone wants religious liberty for themselves, but that does not mean they believe in religious liberty.

Religious liberty exists only when people give to others the same religious freedom they want for themselves.

This recognition should be especially promoted by Christians, for Christ said, “What ever you would that others should do to you, you do the same to them.”

To use the words “religious liberty” to secure one’s own goals, while working to restrict the practice of those who believe differently, is to destroy religious liberty. Our Constitution makes it clear that one religion is not to be favored over another. It reads there is to be “no religious test for office,” and “no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Such practices had been law in some of the Colonies, but they were not to continue. Many who came from Europe knew the oppression that comes when church and state are not separated.

Our Constitution was framed “ ... to establsih justice ... promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty ...” not for special interest groups, but for all the people.

David Manzano