The Journal of the Northwest Religious Liberty Association (NRLA)
Utilizing reputable sources, Liberty Express seeks to make sense of the most important religious, political, and constitutional trends in the United States and the world. Far more than just a source for news and information, it is an educational and spiritual resource seeking to defend religious freedom as an eternal God-given principle at a time when other forces, spiritual and profane, are systematically challenging it.
We believe in freedom of religion, not freedom from religion or freedom to enforce religion, particularly acts of worship. This means upholding both the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses of the First Amendment to a high constitutional standard against powerful forces. Using this standard, government neutrality means that religion and religious institutions must be allowed to thrive freely, but without its official endorsement.
The First Amendment, in part, states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Today, some seek to reinterpret the no Establishment provision separating Church and State in ways that would require government to financially support their institutions and enforce their dogmas so as to solve the moral ills of the nation. Others seek to marginalize the Free Exercise of Religion in favor of placing a higher level of protection on lifestyles destructive to the traditional moral fabric of society. Both are extremely harmful to our constitutional health.
We believe the Nation’s Founders anticipated this tension. That is why they created an internal check and balance within the very wording of the First Amendment in order to prevent the Country from being overrun by either extreme in the great church-state debate (a puritanical vs. godless society). Remove this balancing safeguard and our nation’s constitutional guarantees will be lost, and with it our civil and religious freedoms.
“The religious zealot and the theocrat frighten us in part because we understand only too well their basic impulse. No less frightening is the totalitarian atheist who aspires to a society in which the exercise of religion has no place.”
— Sandra Day O’Connor
Look for our special Founders’ Edition titled “The Christian Nation Debate: Weighing the Founders’ Intentions.” It will be printed by Pacific Press. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (360) 857-7040, to order your copy today!
The focus and credibility of Liberty Express reflects Greg Hamilton’s education and professional backgrounds in evangelism, communications, journalism, pastoral ministry, and church-state constitutional history and law. He believes that careful evaluation of the current shift in the balance of power between church and state in America is central to understanding today's religious, political, and constitutional trends both here and abroad.
May the Blessed Hope of Christ's soon return be revived in your heart and mind
as you prayerfully read this journal.