Freedom That Is Really Free

“No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States”–Article VI of the United States Constitution.

“In current American culture, you are free to be a Christian as long as you don’t actually live out your faith, vote your faith, take a stand in relation to your faith, or believe others should embrace your faith”–James Emery White.

“My fear today is that a militant secularization is taking hold of our societies . . . one of the most worrying aspects about this militant secularization is that at its core and in its instincts it is deeply intolerant. It demonstrates similar traits to totalitarian regimes–denying people the right to a religious identity . . . . You cannot extract Christian foundations from the evolution of our nations any more than you can erase the spires from our landscape”–Sayeeda Warsi, member of British Parliament and a Muslim.

“Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference. . . . The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. . . . Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. . . .Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. . . . It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare”–Edmund Burke.

“Something new has snaked its way into the village square: an insidious intolerance for religion that has no place in a country founded on religious freedom”–Mary Eberstadt.



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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” — Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)