Freedom Summer: After a Historic Year of Victories, Go Live Out Your Faith!

July 5, 2019
Freedom Summer | Live Out Your Faith | First Liberty

by Jorge Gomez • 5 min read

Summer’s finally here!

And because 2019 is the most historic year for religious liberty in America, we’re encouraging you and every American to go live out your faith.

Thanks to the decisive and landmark victories that we secured last month at the U.S. Supreme Court, you now have more freedom than you’ve had in decades.

So we want you to go live it out freely, openly and boldly.

In this special, summer kick-off edition, we’re exploring several important takeaways from our recent Supreme Court victories, along with expert analysis that you and every American can use to translate our recent major legal victories into action.

Below you’ll find three key points and several examples of how you and your family can live out your faith and truly make this a freedom summer.

  1. The precedent set by the Supreme Court’s recent decisions reaffirms the constitutional principle that you can put your beliefs into practice.

    The message from the Court is clear: Americans have a constitutional right to live out what they believe. That means that this summer is the perfect time for you to put your faith into action. This sets you free to pray, read scripture, share your faith, have a religious service or display symbols in your local community, whether it’s in a public park or in your downtown district.

  2. Government officials are no longer able to use the First Amendment as a weapon against people of faith.

    The Supreme Court’s decision on the Bladensburg Peace Cross and the Sweet Cakes by Melissa case will help ensure that state officials are not hostile to religious Americans expressing their faith.

    You’ll no longer have to watch over your shoulder and worry about the government cracking down on you because you choose to live out your faith in public—those days are over! During these busy summer months, when many of your independent businesses and vendors will be grinding and working in full motion, the state can’t show anti-religious bias or shut down your business just because they disapprove of your beliefs or your faith.

  3. New legal precedent protects against attacks on religious traditions, practices, symbols or any other expression of faith in public.

    Whether they’re newly built or have been around for decades, veterans memorials with religious imagery are considered presumptively constitutional. These include religious symbols like a Star of David, a Ten Commandments display, or the national motto on government property.

    Think about what this means for public employees (teachers, guidance counselors, court clerks, etc.). No longer will you have to tuck away religious jewelry or clothing, like a cross necklace or a Star of David, or a yarmulke, when you go into work. It also means that it’s okay to openly display religious slogans and scripture references in public spaces, especially if you’re planning to do special summer activities with your coworkers.

So go forth and bask in a summer full of freedom, because together we’ve fought hard over the last year to reach this very point in our country’s history, when you no longer have to be afraid of expressing or living out your faith.

Finally, after decades of activist groups attacking our fundamental rights and our first freedom, we’re now returning to the vision of the Founding Fathers, who understood that religious expression, as well as putting your faith into action, was a key part of the American experience. Our Founders would have been appalled at attempts to make the government hostile to our religious heritage, history, and symbols.

As John Adams once said, “Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” In other words, Americans have always been a religious people. With such a religious heritage, none should be surprised to see Americans living out their faith in public.

Religious freedom is engrained in America’s history and institutions, including in our nation’s military. Today, you can sign the petition telling President Trump to protect the right of American service members and veterans to live out their faith.

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