Safeguarding Religious Freedom

Safeguarding Religious Freedom

The 2021 Idaho Legislative Session starts Monday, January 11.

I’m excited to be back at the Capitol, advocating for policies that advance our vision—an Idaho where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

One of the most pressing priorities for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho this coming session will be to safeguard what founding father James Madison called the “sacred right” of religious freedom.

Here are four reasons Christians should be concerned about preserving religious freedom:

  1. Our ability to openly preach the Gospel is at stake: As historian Bill Federer astutely puts it, “Our most important job is to preach the Gospel. Our second most important job is to defend our right to preach the Gospel.”
  2. Religious freedom is biblical: The Bible tells us that we are accountable to God for our religious beliefs and the actions that flow from those beliefs. Romans 14:4 says, “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall.” The Bible makes clear that civil government should neither infringe on our duties to God (Acts 5:17-42) nor coerce someone to believe or act contrary to their conscience (Daniel 1, 3, 6).
  3. Our right to live and raise our families according to the dictates of our faith is in jeopardy: And not only living out our faith just at home or church, but at work and in school and in public, too.
  4. Love for neighbor compels us: We should work to ensure religious freedom is preserved not only for ourselves but for our neighbors as well, whatever their faith may be. The strong arm of government should not be used to compel anyone to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.

Will you partner with Family Policy Alliance of Idaho as we prepare to defend your inalienable, God-given rights in the upcoming legislative session? A gift of $35, $75, or $150 will enable us to keep making your voice heard through standing for biblical values in state policy.