Over the weekend, a member of the Supreme Court of the United States drew fire for comments regarding religious freedom in the U.S. Justice Scalia, whose dissent over the court’s majority rule in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges which essentially legalized same-sex marriage in this country, spoke at a Catholic high school in Louisiana on the topic of religious neutrality. He indicated his belief that the governing of the U.S. was inseparable from the freedom to practice religion, as opposed to the “freedom from religion” that has so pervaded our society.
I have recently been studying about the time of the American Revolution, the founding of the United States, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the glorious creation of the United States Constitution. I’m sure there are similar fascinating and eye-opening principles behind the creation of countries all over the world, but this particular event and ideals that sprang from it have affected others on a global scale unprecedented in recent history. I want to talk about two of those ideals.