by Brian Grim & Brian Walsh (in Real Clear Religion)
Growing threats against Americans’ religious exercise and identity call for a new generation of education and advocacy on behalf of religious freedom for all faiths.
President Obama extolled the virtues of our nation’s religious civil rights and liberties in this year’s Religious Freedom Day proclamation. “From many faiths and diverse beliefs,” the president said, “Americans are united by the ideals we cherish. Our shared values define who we are as a people and what we stand for as a Nation.”
Mr. Obama noted that our unified national commitment to fundamental rights for all has not come cheaply. Rather, it is due to the labors of multiple “generations of patriots” who resolutely fought “through great conflict and fierce debate…to secure and defend these freedoms.”
Among a list of troubling indicators that today’s civil rights advocates must address are studies by the independent Pew Research Center. Continue reading at Real Clear Religion.