Religious Liberty–Something Worth Fighting For

The battle is raging for the hearts of men.

The battle is raging for the hearts of men.

“So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.
— Voltarine de Cleyre

Freedom to practice, freedom to believe, freedom to act in a way of my choosing.  Freedom to believe in God.  Freedom of conscience.  Freedom to speak my mind.  What would life be like without the freedoms we grew up with?  All the freedoms we intellectually know we have, but in practicality take for granted.

This fight for marriage is really a battle. I’m here in California on the front lines, in the trenches even. We’re giving everything we have to this effort. My kids have been spit at, my property has been vandalized, I’ve donated enough money to remodel my sorely broken kitchen…and my time, every day, all day for the past two months has been spent calling, walking, phoning, waving, writing.

Every generation has it’s battles.  My grandpa’s generation fought the world wars.  Our grandfathers before them fought a hundred wars for freedom.  In every country, on every continent, the human soul hungers for freedom and pays a price to obtain it.  Sometimes the price is goods and means, sacrifice, sweat and tears.  Sometimes the price is blood, and it’s paid.  This fight is the fight of our generation.  It will affect more than our state, it will affect our entire nation for generations to come.

I’ve decided to join the fight in more than words.  I’ve gone out to my neighbors and talked with them, walked the streets of our town, gathered opinions, given information, stood on street corners smiling and waving in support of the family.  My life is nearly consumed with the effort to gather and inform, rally and move the often silent majority, prodding them out of complacency and into action.  After much prodding, the sleeping giant is stirring.  23 more days.

I read an article today by NPR’s Barbara Hagerty called “When Gay Rights and Religious Liberties Clash.”

In talking about civil rights special protections she says….“Armed with those legal protections, same-sex couples are beginning to challenge policies of religious organizations that exclude them, claiming that a religious group’s view that homosexual marriage is a sin cannot be used to violate their right to equal treatment. Now parochial schools, “parachurch” organizations such as Catholic Charities and businesses that refuse to serve gay couples are being sued — and so far, the religious groups are losing. Here are a few cases…”

The battle’s begun.

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2 Comments

  1. KrazyDave said,

    October 16, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    ” And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.
    And he fastened on his head-plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land—
    For thus were all the true believers of Christ, who belonged to the church of God, called by those who did not belong to the church.
    And those who did belong to the church were faithful; yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took upon them, gladly, the name of Christ, or Christians as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come.
    And therefore, at this time, Moroni prayed that the cause of the Christians, and the freedom of the land might be favored.
    And it came to pass that when he had poured out his soul to God, he named all the land which was south of the land Desolation, yea, and in fine, all the land, both on the north and on the south—A chosen land, and the land of liberty.
    And he said: Surely God shall not suffer that we, who are despised because we take upon us the name of Christ, shall be trodden down and destroyed, until we bring it upon us by our own transgressions.
    And when Moroni had said these words, he went forth among the people, waving the rent part of his garment in the air, that all might see the writing which he had written upon the rent part, and crying with a loud voice, saying:
    Behold, whosoever will maintain this title upon the land, let them come forth in the strength of the Lord, and enter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them.”
    -Alma 46:12-20

    It was to this standard that many thousands of people flocked to that they might defend the rights which God had granted unto them. Today, more than 2000 years later, we are called to this same standard “In memory of our God, our religion and freedom, and our peace, our wives and our children” We are in for the spiritual battle of our lives. Prop 8 must pass!

  2. Bethany said,

    October 26, 2008 at 9:51 am

    You’re right – that is an awesome illustration of the battle we are fighting. I think if we aren’t able to pass Proposition 8, the consequences will be dire for our society, just as for the people Samuel preached to. Keep fighting for Prop 8!


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