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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?

Cara Brown

Religious freedom is an essential building block for a healthy, flourishing society, in every manner, whether socially, politically, and even theologically. First, society without freedom of conscience curtails individual thought and expression which is fundamental to the human experience. Similarly, it is politically advantageous for government to pursue a policy of tolerance. Freedom of conscience and expression require a government structure that permits and promotes a diversity of thought, including religious belief and practice. From a theological perspective, some may argue Christians cannot actively support religious freedom for all faiths as that would be denying the Gospel. Yet, each person must come to his or her own conclusions regarding faith and what he/she believes about the world. Is it not better to have freedom of conscience and also discourse so that we may practice and discuss our faith freely with others? Ultimately, we can love our neighbors and know God more fully with religious freedom than without.