Our country recently celebrated Constitution day. In honor of the day, Wilfred M. McClay, the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma, and director of the Center for the History of Liberty, takes a closer look at one of the liberties protected by the Constitution: religious liberty.
McClay requests, in a NewsOK article, that we take note of religious liberty. He notes that religious liberty has become one of the forefront issues in the 21st century. This is undoubtedly true, as the topic has dominated the nation’s courtrooms and headlines.
“The kind of respectful tolerance needed for a free, robust and uncoerced expression of religious belief has always been a rare thing. It is becoming rarer. All the more reason to be grateful for our Constitution’s deep commitment to religious liberty, a commitment that holds in tension two conflicting ideals: the right to order one’s life according to the truth as one understands it, and the obligation to tolerate those who understand things differently and order their lives differently. Our First Amendment, which prohibits the establishment of a state religion and zealously protects the free and diverse exercise of religion, precisely expresses that tension, and has kept it healthy,” McClay writes.
To read McClay’s full article, click HERE.
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