Surveying the Christian roots of American religious freedom, Timothy Shah of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs wrote, “The truest test of the justice and freedom of any society is how much its government and people respect the fact that all of its members owe their highest obedience to the truth about God as their consciences deliver it, not to the powers that be, whether emperor, king, or democratic majority.”
So applaud the Supreme Court’s for their defense of religious freedom. Rejoice in Jefferson’s and Madison’s commitment to religious freedom at the American Founding. Celebrate with fireworks the remarkable freedoms we enjoy. Give thanks to God for Tertullian and Lactantius, the Christian minds that made it possible.
James Tonkowich is the author of The Liberty Threat: The Attack on Religious Freedom in America Today, from which this article has been adapted.