In the second part of this series, I was planning to talk about the issue of religious freedom. I had a whole post written on this topic but I decided that I didn’t like it. The more I thought about the topic of religious freedom, the more I felt uneasy about approaching the whole subject- which is strange for me because I’m not usually shy about tackling a subject in writing.
I think the majority of my unease comes from the belief that religious freedom is extremely important and it is a value that we should do everything we can to support here and fight for around the world. However, when I see an activist group boiling religious freedom down to whether or not the Ten Commandments are in front of a government building or whether or not school children recite the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, I get even more jaded on the whole issue.
There’s a tension I feel and I think many people, especially my generation, feel that tension as well and is not quite sure what to do about it. How do we support religious freedom? But how do we do it in such a way as to remain removed from the petty issues that often cloud the media? What are the real affronts to religious freedom in our country and around the world? And what can we do to help bring religious freedom and sustain religious freedom?
A new generation, my generation, waits to take up the mantle of religious freedom and those are the kinds of questions we are asking.
What questions relating to religious freedom are you thinking about and asking?
© Ryan Vanderland 2014