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Freedom of conscience is God’s gift to humans.
Our American Declaration of Independence recognizes this truth with the 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, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men ...”
The Declaration is clear.
Human equality and freedom have their source in our Creator, in “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”
It is the freedoms mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, and in the Constitution with its Bill of Rights that we should protect and promote.
These freedoms were the soil out of which America grew into a great nation. Freedom of conscience is a precious gift from God.
The words, “liberty” and “freedom” are widely used in today’s political debates.
Is it possible that these noble words could be used in a way that would limit and destroy freedom? That “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” is today more true than ever.
“A Fortnight For Freedom” is an appealing title. However in reading about it one discovers that it is focused on the Catholic Church’s continuing efforts to prevent the use of birth control products.
Our freedoms allow their bishops to do this.
Their spokesman who said, “The State is not to dominate the church,” is right.
The other half of that principle is also right.
It is, “Neither is the church to dominate the State.”
Freedom allows the State in “promoting the general welfare,” and for family health, to require that birth control supplies be available to those who choose to use them.
Eventually we will all answer to God for how we have treated each other, and for what we have done with His great truths.