KNIGHT: Recalling what freedom of religion meant to the Founders

They wanted to restrain the government, not believers

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Seeing trouble ahead, Congress added a “Right of Conscience” (Section 533) to the National Defense Authorization Act. When signing the law in January, Mr. Obama declared the religious freedom guarantee “ill-advised and unnecessary.”

Really? A base commander in Alaska recently ordered the removal of a website column by Chaplain Lt. Col. Kenneth titled “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II.” A soldier got reprimanded for serving food from Christian-owned Chick-fil-A and for commenting on federal marriage law at his promotion party. Christian leaders such as Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and Franklin Graham have had military appearances canceled. This is just the tip of an anti-religion iceberg.

England, whose Common Law informed America’s ideas about religious freedom, is even further down the road to ruin. A homosexual couple say they will sue to use government power to coerce a church into performing their “wedding.”

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow told the Essex Chronicle that despite obtaining a civil union in 2006 with the rights and benefits of marriage, “I am still not getting what I want . It upsets me because I want it so much — a big lavish ceremony, the whole works, I just don’t think it is going to happen straight away.”

No, the unraveling of a civilization takes time, even when it’s proceeding at blinding speed, aided by government coercion.

Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.

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