- The outward act or form by
which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods
having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are
due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some
superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by
observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of
faith and worship; a manifestation of piety.
- Specifically, conformity in
faith and life to the precepts inculcated in the Bible, respecting the
conduct of life and duty toward God and man; the Christian faith and
- The state of being free;
exemption from the power and control of another; liberty; independence.
- Privileges; franchises;
- Exemption from necessity, in choice
- Ease; facility.
- Frankness; openness;
- Generosity; liberality.
VI, Section 2 - The
Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of
the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial
Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall
be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but
no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any
Office or public Trust under the United States.
of Confederation III
- The said States hereby severally enter into a firm league of
friendship with each other, for their common defense, the security
of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding
themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or
attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion,
sovereignty, trade, or any other pretense whatever.
- Winning the War on
- Steady American
Leadership in the World
- Our efforts to
expand the reach of economic and political freedom are complemented
by our work in fostering religious liberty. Republicans will
continue to make the protection and promotion of religious freedom
abroad a cardinal principle of our foreign policy. This reflects our
national values and protects our national interests, and renders our
actions in the world consistent with our ideals as a people. America
is a working example of religious liberty, home to millions of
Christians, Jews, Muslims, and people of many other faiths who live
in harmony and contribute to our culture. In the President's words,
"It is not an accident that freedom of religion is one of the
central freedoms in our Bill of Rights. It is the first freedom of
the human soul.… We must stand for that freedom in our country. We
must speak for that freedom in the world."
- The Broader Middle
East and North Africa
- It is important
to reaffirm that the war we wage against terrorists is not a battle
of faiths. As the home to millions of Muslim believers, America
welcomes the valuable role of Muslim leaders in promoting peace. We
recognize that acts of violence against innocents violate the
fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith.
- In Iraq, the
systematic use of rape by Saddam Hussein's regime to dishonor
families has ended, and the country's interim constitution
guarantees all Iraqis the right to vote and makes it illegal to
discriminate on the basis of gender, ethnicity, or religion.
- We share his
conviction that anti-Semitism poisons public debates within
democratic nations and that mankind must come together to fight such
- Faith-Based and
- The renewal of
entire communities is an awesome task that involves one human face,
and one human heart at a time. But the American people have a long
and seasoned history of working wonders. Government does have a role
to play, but as a partner, not a rival, to the armies of compassion.
These forces have roots in the areas they serve, often based in
local churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples. Their leaders are
people to whom the disadvantaged are not statistics, but neighbors,
friends, and moral individuals created in the image of God.
- The President
established the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in
the White House to coordinate federal, state, and local efforts to
tear down barriers that have prevented religiously affiliated groups
from applying for government grants on an equal footing with secular
organizations. While the federal government must not promote
religious activity, advocate on behalf of any religion, or fund any
organization that discriminates on the basis of religion when
providing taxpayer-funded services, no organization should be
disqualified from receiving federal funds simply because it displays
religious symbols, has a statement of faith in its mission
statement, or has a religious leader on its board. As a result of
the President's leadership, the federal government is ending
discrimination against faith-based organizations and now welcomes
these groups as partners and allies in the effort to deliver social
services to people in need.
- We also affirm
that the hiring rights of religious organizations must be maintained
so that religious charities do not have to abandon their religious
character in order to provide publicly funded services.
- Supporting Judges
Who Uphold the Law
Pledge of Allegiance has already been invalidated by the courts
once, and the Supreme Court's ruling has left the Pledge in danger
of being struck down again - not because the American people have
rejected it and the values that it embodies, but because a handful
of activist judges threaten to overturn commonsense and tradition.
- There are
different ways to achieve that goal, such as using Article III of
the Constitution to limit federal court jurisdiction; for example,
in instances where judges are abusing their power by banning the use
of "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance or prohibiting
depictions of the Ten Commandments, and potential actions
invalidating the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Additionally, we
condemn judicial activists and their unwarranted and
unconstitutional restrictions on the free exercise of religion in
the public square.
- Protecting Our Families
- Protecting the
Educational Rights of Parents and Students
- We will continue
to work for the return of voluntary school prayer to our schools and
will strongly enforce the Republican legislation that guarantees
equal access to school facilities by student religious groups. We
strongly support voluntary student-initiated prayer in school
without governmental interference. We strongly disagree with the
Supreme Court's rulings against student- initiated prayer.
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