Do you value freedom of religion? Most United States citizens have never lived in countries where religious freedom is not guaranteed by law. The United States Constitution and Bill of Rights ensures that citizens and others who reside in the US are protected in their practice of their religion. My colleague, Tim Mitchinson, writing for the January 15, 2017 edition of the Journal Star, is grateful for his freedom to practice Christian Science. He shares why the healing focus of his religion is so important to him. Here’s Tim:
President Obama has declared January 16, 2017, to be Religious Freedom Day. This day marks the anniversary of the passage, in 1786, of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom – a statute that its author, Thomas Jefferson, was extremely proud of. Moreover, this day gives us an opportunity to further appreciate the United States Constitution and its Bill of Rights. The First Amendment declares the government cannot prohibit the free exercise of religion in our country.
Voices as diverse as Congressman Mike Quigley from Chicago and Ann Romney, wife of former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, have defended and advocated the religious freedom of everyone. Quigley has stated, “Protection of religious freedom means considering the faiths and beliefs of everyone involved.” And Romney said, “I think we recognize as Americans there are certain things that are just primary to the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy here, and religious freedom is one of the most important things we as Americans cherish.”….As a Christian Scientist, I particularly value the freedom to pray and practice my religion that this country affords. I am grateful that I can read the Bible, go to church and practice spiritual healing. These are freedoms that I do not take for granted. I am grateful that I can speak to others freely of my love for God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the woman who discovered Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy….