bill adcockKENTUCKY (1/16/19) — Today is “Religious Freedom Day“ and it came from the thoughts of Thomas Jefferson. Eric Buehrer president of Gateways to Better Education wrote: “Jan. 16 is the anniversary of the passage, in 1786, of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. It protected the civil rights of people to express their religious beliefs without discrimination."

James Madison, our town's namesake, is considered the architect of our the U.S. Constitution. Eric Buehrer says those who put together our Constitution "leaned heavily on Jefferson’s statute in establishing the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom.”

Every U.S. President since 1993 has issued a proclamation for “Religious Freedom Day” and you can see the proclamations for yourself by clicking on this link: Look up the proclamation for this year for 16 January 2019. Read it. By the way, the U.S. Congress asked the U.S. President in 1993 to issue a proclamation. Did you get that? It seems very likely that God is redeeming our nation. Do you see this? 

Our First amendment reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Our framers saw that religion was mentioned first. Significant, don't you think? That says citizens, including students in public school do not give up their religious freedom of speech at the school's door as many citizens believe. Our First Amendment guarantees students do have the Freedom of Speech about their religious faith even at public school. This is not a separation of church and state issue.

President John F. Kennedy said: “Today we need a nation of minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take up arms, but citizens who regard The Preservation of FREEDOM as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.”

Are you a minuteman today in 2019, doing whatever you can do to preserve our religious freedom?

Our First Amendment spells out our freedoms; know them or lose them.

Bro. Bill Adcock

Contributing Columnist

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