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Reply To: In your opinion, why is it important for Christians to stand up for religious freedom for people of all faiths, and not just our own?

Denise DeVatt

Jesus said that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. He did not say that we are allowed to differentiate between neighbors on the basis of anything, including ethnicity, religion, age, economic status, etc. We must stand up for religious freedom because that is exactly what Jesus would want us to do. We must stand up for religious freedom for all religions, not just the Abrahamic religions, because that is what is expected of us as followers of God. Going a step further, I believe we are called to promote religious freedom because of the past that we have with fighting against religious freedom, regardless of how long ago that may have been. If we want others to see the way and the truth, we have to show that, and that starts with basic respect of not just the individual’s religion, but also atonement when necessary.