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Religious Freedom and You

Thu, Feb. 27, 2014 Posted: 01:27 PM


On our Facebook page, we posted this: "Just because it's legal doesn't make it right. Refer to the 10 Commandments and Golden Rule first." With two sentences, we sought to summarize a lot -including the freedom-stealing situation in Arizona.

Freedom of religion splashed across headlines a lot this week: Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Arizona's religious freedom bill (SB 1062). By vetoing the religious freedom bill, Governor Brewer stripped religious freedom from Christian and Jewish business owners. In essence, it forces Christians and Jewish people to either do something (i.e. performing and contributing to a wedding ceremony that goes against their beliefs) or risk being sued and going out of business.

Arizona is one of the best pro-2nd Amendment states. Sadly, Gov. Jan Brewer missed the target yesterday as she vetoed a pro-1st Amendment bill. The 2nd Amendment cannot work well without the 1st Amendment. We need both religious freedom and the right to bear arms in order to maintain all freedoms in our country.

Peace through strength and love of God and neighbor. That prevents violence... Whatever happened to that common sense approach? Across America, one of the basic rights protected in the First Amendment is being violated and Christian and Jewish people are especially being singled out. Many of us are being threatened or sued due to our religious beliefs.

As Christians, we may disagree with other people's viewpoints, but we still respect them as fellow human beings and American citizens. The militant pro-homosexual community does not respect us. The U.S. Constitution applies to everyone -and that includes Christian people and Jewish people, too. With that said, if we don't have the freedom of our own conscience and religion, then we are not really free -- period.

We're featuring an article called So Much for the Right of Conscience by Dr. Jerry Newcombe. You will be enlightened by quotes he shared by Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and Alveda King (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece).

Learn what you can do about this: Check out our new book (Unite the USA: Discover the ABCs of Patriotism) which addresses this very issue and what you can do about it.

We all must continue to keep praying and keep on keeping on. When it comes to protecting and reclaiming our freedoms, we have no choice: We must not give up! We must not give in. With God, we must march on! Amen?

In closing, let us embrace the truth in Psalm 33:22.

"Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You."

Hoping in God and praying for America,
Carrie Stoelting and Stacie Stoelting
Founders of Unite the USA

Carrie Stoelting