Word from the Center Digest: May 10, 2019

How to Punish Christians Despite the First Amendment

by Gene Veith

The Freedom of Religion is enshrined in the United States Constitution, the fundamental law of the land.  Nevertheless, it is still possible to thwart religious liberty.

One way is to permit religious liberty but restrict what people with certain beliefs are allowed to do.  This is what Great Britain did in the 17th and 18th century to suppress Roman Catholics, Protestant dissenters (Baptists, Presbyterians, etc.), and others who would not adhere to the Church of England, particularly in Ireland.

According to the so-called Penal Laws, you were free to be a Catholic or a Baptist.  But if you were, you could not go to the university, not hold public office, not be a lawyer, not be a teacher, not possess firearms, not adopt children, among many other restrictions, including limits on property and economic transactions.  (Go here for a list).

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Dr. Gene Veith is the author of some 25 books, a retired literature professor, provost emeritus at Patrick Henry College, and director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Be Informed

Have you ever taken the time to read the 2017 “Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty”? If not, take a peek!

Have you ever taken the time to read the 2017 “Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty”? If not, take a peek!

Be Equipped

Should the Church engage the culture? The now sainted Aaron Wolf outlined the debate in an Issues, Etc. interview. Click here to listen.

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