Freedom of Religion, not Freedom from Religion

Freedom of religion is the bedrock of all freedom.  The first amendment states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...". Belief in a Supreme Being, or God, is the bedrock of absolute values.  George Washington understood this when he said in his first Inaugural Address:

In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own, nor those of my fellow-citizens at large less than either. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency; and in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their united government the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities from which the event has resulted cannot be compared with the means by which most governments have been established without some return of pious gratitude, along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage. These reflections, arising out of the present crisis, have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be suppressed.

Yet the removal of religion and absolute values from the public square is causing extreme chaos.  Martin Luther King III derided the violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, comparing it to his father's, Dr. Martin Luther King's peaceful protests. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said on June 4th, 1957:

I am quite aware of the fact that there are persons who believe firmly in nonviolence who do not believe in a personal God, but I think every person who believes in nonviolent resistance believes somehow that the universe in some form is on the side of justice. That there is something unfolding in the universe whether one speaks of it as a unconscious process, or whether one speaks of it as some unmoved mover, or whether someone speaks of it as a personal God. There is something in the universe that unfolds for justice and so in Montgomery we felt somehow that as we struggled we had cosmic companionship. And this was one of the things that kept the people together, the belief that the universe is on the side of justice.

God grant that as men and women all over the world struggle against evil systems they will struggle with love in their hearts, with understanding good will. Agape says you must go on with wise restraint and calm reasonableness but you must keep moving.

Antipathy toward expressing any religious sentiment in the public square is held especially strongly by some of those who advocate for the normalization of same sex relationships.  This is not coincidental.  Religions universally explain norms of behavior that do not accept homosexuality.  These must be kept out of the public arena if same sex relationships are to be considered "normal'.

The examples above point out that the great movements of both the American Revolution and the Civil Rights Movement were firmly rooted in religious values.  The area of family relationships and human sexuality is also rooted in absolute values ordained by the Supreme Being.  To say that spiritual values cannot be considered when creating legislation is patently false and goes against the very core of the founding of the United States of America.  All students and citizens should make it a point to be well informed about the spiritual undergirding of our nation, as well as of all the great world religions.  These should be discussed rigorously, both in schools and in all manner of public discourse. 

No Mr. President, homosexual "marriage" is not a civil right, it is a moral wrong.  And please don't forget that it is not freedom from religion, as those promoting Godless policies would have us believe, but freedom of religion.  We are free to practice or not practice any religion that we like.  We are not free to mandate the establishment of a particular religion.  Nor are we free to ban the discussion of religious values or the presence of those holding religions values in any institution, be it a school, government office or any other place. 

Absolute values, religious values, belief in God or a Supreme Being inform the very core of our society, as George Washington, acknowledged.  It is because we have turned away from the common sense expression of these values in all that we do, that our society is experiencing chaos in both the civil realm and the realm of family relationships.