The words Blessed John Paul II spoke when he visited Baltimore in 1995 remain true: “The challenge facing you, dear friends, is to increase people’s awareness of the importance for society of religious freedom; to defend that freedom against those who would take religion out of the public domain and establish secularism as America’s official faith.”
http://bcove.me/0cvpi4z7 This is an excellent video about how religious freedom is the backbone of American values and culture. Produced by The Knights of Columbus.
"[Our] Lord Jesus came to liberate us from the dominion of sin. Political liberties are one part of that liberation, and religious liberty is the first of those liberties. Together with our fellow Christians, joined by our Jewish brethren, and in partnership with Americans of other religious traditions, we affirm that our faith requires us to defend the religious liberty granted us by God, and protected in our Constitution." Our First Most Cherished Liberties, A Statement on Religious Liberty by the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty