I'm sitting now at the National Briefing on Religious Freedom, at Truth for a New Generation in Charlotte. On the stage, unfortunately difficult for you to see in this light (and with my iPad camera photo), are Eric Teetsel of the Manhattan Declaration, John Stonestreet of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Fr. Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute, Jennifer Marshall from the Heritage Foundation, and Timothy George of Beeson Divinity School, moderated by Lauren Green of Fox News.
- inconsistency of application of federal law
- We are not theocrats
- But we can legitimately bring our beliefs into the conversation
- Working together.
- Religious freedom is not identical with freedom of worship: religious freedom means the freedom to express our religion in the institutions we build: church, home, business, etc.
- Much of the attack on religious freedom (HHS abortion mandate, requirement for some businesses to support same-sex “marriage”) is sexually oriented.
- Our culture is turning toward defining selves sexually, which is far from a complete picture of who a person is.
- Tocqueville: when morality weakens government strengthens (and by extension, liberty weakens)
- We can't give Bibles to children but we can hand out condoms without parental notice.
- Marriage is a pre-political institution: government cannot create it or its definition.
- “Gay” is a proclivity, not an identity.
All of this bears on religious freedom in ways I can't keep up with as I blog it onsite. The event is still underway, but I want to encourage you to go to www.afa.net, where (if I'm not mistaken) you can watch it with me on a live stream.