|Part of the Oscar Straus Memorial in Washington, D.C. honoring the right to worship.|
|“Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom & no such thing as publick liberty without freedom of speech”, Benjamin Franklin, 1722.|
Our country was founded on the belief that we have the freedom to disagree with one another. That simple edict is not present in most civilized societies to this day. Many tend to assume free speech exists in Europe, Canada, etc, but that simply isn’t true. In most other countries, if you say the wrong thing, say about Islam, or about marriage, or other contentious issues, you face the possibility of being fined tens of thousands of dollars, or being charged with a crime.
I’ll be brief. We’re losing a vital freedom, a freedom that is dissolving across the face of the planet. That freedom is the freedom to practice religious faith in the public arena.