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Justice Alito Challenges Americans to Protect Religious Freedom

Justice Alito is a proven defender of religious liberty. You may recall he authored the court’s opinion in Hobby Lobby, protecting the religious consciences of family-owned businesses. Learn how he’s challenging Americans to protect religious liberty at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing

Thank you for joining us for the First Liberty Briefing, an exclusive podcast where host Jeremy Dys—also First Liberty Senior Counsel—provides an insider’s look at the stories, cases, people and laws that have made America the world’s leader in protecting religious liberty.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito recently gave remarks to a group in New Jersey. His 45-minute presentation proved to be quite sobering.

Justice Alito Challenges Americans to Protect Religious Freedom

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Justice Alito is a proven defender of religious liberty. You may recall he authored the court’s opinion in Hobby Lobby, protecting the religious consciences of family-owned businesses. In other opinions, he has warned of the impact the sexual revolution may inflict upon the religious liberty of Americans.

In his latest remarks, however, Justice Alito told the audience, “You don’t need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs.”

But, the good justice ended with a word of caution and challenge. He said, “We are likely to see pitched battles in courts and Congress, state legislatures and town halls. But the most important fight is for the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans. It is up to all of us to evangelize our fellow Americans about the issue of religious freedom.”

That’s where you and I come in. Freedom—and especially religious freedom—is not a given in human history. It is something each generation must renew for itself. Telling the story of religious liberty, and its blessings, to one another is part of our responsibility as Americans. It’s also how we preserve liberty.

To learn how First Liberty is protecting Religious Liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

First Liberty Institute is the largest organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom for all Americans. Find out more here.

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A Satanist was imprisoned and fined after defacing a Jewish academy’s religious objects. But he didn’t understand one important truth about religious freedom. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

To Preserve Religious Liberty, We Must Respect Other Religions

Thank you for joining us for the First Liberty Briefing, an exclusive podcast where host Jeremy Dys—also First Liberty Senior Counsel—provides an insider’s look at the stories, cases, people and laws that have made America the world’s leader in protecting religious liberty.

The students and faculty of the Margolin Hebrew Academy were staying overnight at the Doubletree Hotel in Jackson, Mississippi en route to Gatlinburg, Tennesee. While there, they used a meeting room at the hotel to conduct their Sabbath worship service. A Torah, religious books, and musical instruments were left in the meeting room overnight with the intention of continuing with their worship the following morning.

To Preserve Religious Liberty, We Must Respect Other Religions

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Justin Baker, a self-professed anti-Christian, anti-Semitic Satanist, was a security guard at the hotel that night and he discovered the religious objects. He spat on the Torah and defaced the books with profanity and phrases including “Hail Satan.”

Baker was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison for his religious discrimination and required to pay $9,999.99 in restitution damages.

And, I somehow doubt he’s employed today as a security guard.

Baker may have been tempted to use religious liberty in a perverse attempt to justify his wicked actions, suggesting his adherence to the religion of Satanism motivated his actions.

He would be wrong.

Religious liberty is not a free pass to do what one likes. It is itself restrained for the good of religion as a whole and the dignity of the person. But, the principals of religious liberty never sanction destroying the property of another. Rather, religious liberty demands that we respect the religions with which we may disagree. When we break that societal, social compact and deny others the freedom to exercise their religion, it is proper for the authorities to enforce the penalties of the law.

To learn how First Liberty is protecting Religious Liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

First Liberty Institute is the largest organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom for all Americans. Find out more here.

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A distinguished researcher estimates that religion benefits America by almost $3 trillion per year. So why are we attacking religion?

Doctor Eric Walsh was a leading public health official, healing bodies and working to make communities healthy so people could lead happy, productive lives. That is until he lost his job – not for something he did or failed to do at work, but for something he said in a sermon.

Aaron and Melissa Klein were small business owners contributing to the prosperity of their community. That is until they were penalized $135,000 because the government didn’t agree with their believes.

Cases like these should remind each one of us that legal attacks on religious freedom hurt all of us.

And what might be really surprising is to learn just how much religion benefits our society in a tangible financial sense. Dr. Rodney Stark, the distinguished professor of Social Sciences at Baylor University, estimates the total savings to America due to religious faith is about $2.7 trillion every year. According to his calculations, religion accounts for reducing crime, improving education, enhancing health, motivating charity, improving work, and restraining welfare. And all of that saves American taxpayers a lot of money every single year.

But of course, the value of religion is far more than monetary. Nonetheless, the next time you hear about a lawsuit against a person’s faith, remember that without religion America would be a much poorer nation in a very literal sense.

First Liberty Institute is the largest organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom for all Americans. Find out more here.

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Drive through most towns in America and you’ll see evidence of religion on almost every corner of the community. In residential areas, business districts and even on Main Street, America is filled with houses of worship.

Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania is no different. There, the town has dozens of churches, synagogues and even religious temples. But, what they have not had is a mosque. When the leaders of the local Muslim community sought to build their own building, the city gave them the runaround. Their application was subjected to heavy scrutiny, the zoning board required six separate hearings on the application while other applications were summoned only once. City officials even asked for specific information about the mosque’s members and where they were from.

Finally, the city rejected the application entirely.

Imagine if this were your congregation or synagogue. How would you feel about your City Council making your congregation go through administrative steps that no one else had to go through?

Well, we know how the United States Department of Justice felt. They filed a lawsuit alleging that the City violated the Constitution and laws requiring equal treatment – especially when it comes to zoning.

I hope the DOJ wins.

Protecting religious liberty for all Americans means tolerating a diverse set of beliefs. When a city targets a mosque for unequal treatment, it threatens the religious liberty of all houses of worship.

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