Is religion an important part of society? One Supreme Court Justice in Britain thinks so. Lord Sumption, has blamed a need for more laws on the decline in religion and traditional moral values. From 1997 to 2007 Britain added 3000 new laws in the statue books for areas that once did not need regulating.
Lord Sumption claimed the “expansion of the empire of law” is necessary to fill the gap left by declining religious and moral codes. “The role of social and religious sentiment, which was once so critical in the life of our societies, has been largely taken over by law,” he said.
John Adams, second President of the United States and signer of the US Constitution declared, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Time has shown the truth of this statement. As religious worship has declined, honest business practices have declined. Laws and regulations have been made to keep businesses honest. As religious worship has declined, the traditional family has declined. Laws and programs have been made to care for single mothers and children who struggle without both their parents.
If we want the Western World to remain free, we must protect religious freedom. Religious worship is fundamental to a free society, and religious freedom is fundamental to religious worship. Society falters when people disregard the need for religion or governments over regulate it.
Today, religious freedom is being threatened across the globe. These threats include:
- Attacks on the freedom of religious groups to choose their own leaders: Christian religious clubs on college campuses have been forced to allow non-religious students to run for offices of their student clubs.
- Government Mandates to provide products and services that violate the business owners religious conscience: Examples include forcing business owners to provide services for same sex marriage under non-discrimination laws and the HHS mandate that requires business owners to provide health insurance that covers abortion inducing drugs and contraceptives.
- Stripping the Public Square of Religious Symbols and Expression: This is particularly noticeable around Christmas time as schools and parks that allow Christmas music and Creche exhibits are forced to shut down or change the program to a non-religious one.
- Discrimination of Faith Based Charities: Religious charity’s that offer services such as adoption have been forced to either close down or ignore their religious convictions on the traditional family.