Why Does Religious Freedom Matter?

Published on Nov 16, 2012 via the The Veritas Forum YouTube channelFrom veritas.org – At the Veritas Forum at Texas A&M University, Os Guinness explains why freedom of thought and freedom of conscience are vital to American liberty. He argues that the founding fathers viewed the core freedoms – freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly – as inseparable. Freedom of conscience – and religion – are protected because people are bound by the dictates of their conscience and government should not come between the two. He argues that this is not simply constitutional redundancy, but rather a litmus test: it is only as freedom of religion is guaranteed that others will be as well. What do you think? Is freedom of religion an important human right or is it as unnecessary as the appendix? Let us know in the comments!

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