By Tony Perkins
Family Research Council — What the Founding Fathers hailed as a virtue to be pursued and protected is today being pursued and pummeled by those who want to see religious freedom quarantined to the four walls of our churches. Fortunately, there are still some elected leaders who understand that all our freedoms hinge upon our First Freedom, the freedom of religion. Today, I had the honor of joining Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) at the signing of SB2681 — the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and had the opportunity to thank him first-hand — and others who were instrumental in passing the bill — for their tremendous leadership in defending religious liberty.
Unfortunately, political courage is in short supply these days. That’s never been more obvious than these last few weeks, when the opposition launches massive misinformation campaigns. Too many “leaders” tuck tail and run, instead of standing their ground and learning the facts. Some things are worth fighting for — and religious freedom, the ability to live out our faith in every aspect of our lives, is at the top of that list. As the Apostle Paul instructed the believers at Corinth, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
There is absolutely no aspect of our lives that should be beyond the guiding light of Scripture — a truth the Founding Fathers not only understood, but also felt obligated to defend. In this evening’s edition of “Washington Watch,” I had the privilege of having Governor Bryant join me in-studio to discuss the bill signing and their successful pro-family legislative session. After 7:30 p.m. (ET), you can listen online to the interview archive by clicking here.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update)
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