by Lathan Watts • 1 min read
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution includes two important clauses that protect religious freedom as a fundamental, inalienable right for every American: The Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause.
Both clauses were designed to complement one another, ensuring that the government would not intrude or tell you what you should or shouldn’t believe. But much more than just protecting your conscience and your right to believe, America’s Founding Fathers fought to ratify the First Amendment so that you can live out your faith freely and openly.
Unfortunately, many of our opponents have used bad legal precedents over the past few decades to twist the original meaning and intent of the First Amendment. They’ve made you think that you only have a “right to worship,” and that somehow your right to freely exercise your faith ends once you step outside your house of worship, or that you only have a right to religious belief inside your mind.
That’s caused many Americans to think that they can’t bring their faith into the public.
But this is simply not in accordance with the principles on which our country was founded.
Watch the short video below, in which I explain the real intent of the Founding Fathers when they drafted and put into place the Free Exercise Clause.
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