Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Freedom of Religion is more than Freedom of Worship

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have started using the term “freedom of worship” instead of “freedom of religion.”

That small change has vast implications should those words signal a change in official policy. Freedom of religion implies your freedom to assemble, proselytize, and conduct your personal life in a manner reflective of your religious beliefs. Freedom of worship is and can be limited to mere personal and private expressions of religious beliefs, negating all public demonstrations of what one believes. Worship can be confined to a designated place—or restricted to one’s private thoughts.

Remember Mark Twain’s observation? “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter.”

(Henry M. Morris, III, D.Min, Acts & Facts, December 2010, Institute for Creation Research)

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