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Society Better Served by Having Choice to Practice Religion

Matthew Moench

Thursday, July 3, 2014 • 11:00am

To the Editor:

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has designated June 21 to July 4 as a “Fortnight for Freedom,” which is a time for additional prayer and reflection on what religious freedom means in our country today. It is only fitting that just this week, the United States Supreme Court stood up to the secularist movement when it struck down portions of Obamacare that would force citizens to take actions opposed to their deeply held religious beliefs. Not surprisingly, this decision has sparked debate and controversy from various political camps.

Without debating the merits of the decision itself, which I wholly support, I think this provision in the law, and some of the reactions to it from the Left, are indicative of the general secularist movement to remove religion from our society and to try to limit religion to something that occurs once a week in a house of worship or in the privacy of one’s home. However, these secularists fail to understand that those who truly have faith practice their religion at all times. It is not compartmentalized to a specific time or place, but guides us in every aspect of our lives – from how we interact with our family and friends, to how we conduct ourselves in our place of business, to what we do with our free time. It is not something that can be, or should be, turned off when someone walks into their job or coaches a baseball game or volunteers at a school event.

As Americans, we have a proud and distinguished history, predicated upon the foundations of family, freedom and religion. Our country has accomplished more in its relatively short history than any other nation on earth, and it is because of, not in spite of, our deeply held convictions. Regardless of our respective faith, our society is better served, and our country is stronger, by the active, faithful, practice of religion in all aspects of our lives. This Fourth of July, as we are sitting around with our family and friends, perhaps debating the Supreme Court’s recent decision, we should take a moment and thank our “Creator” for providing us with the unalienable right to be free to practice, or not practice, our religious beliefs, and to thank our country’s founding fathers for preserving that right in the First Amendment.

God Bless America.

Sincerely,

Matthew C. Moench

Council President

Bridgewater Township

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