Faith and Freedom

In 2007, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was running for president for the first time and addressed the importance of his faith and the importance of faith in the United States' political system. In his speech on the subject he stated the following:

Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone.

You can read Gov. Romney's entire speech here.

Mr. Romney's opponent during the current election, is President Obama, who has also said much on the subject. While hosting a Muslim Iftar at the White House, President Obama said the following:

Of all the freedoms we cherish as Americans, of all the rights that we hold sacred, foremost among them is freedom of religion, the right to worship as we choose. It’s enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution -- the law of the land, always and forever. It beats in our heart -- in the soul of the people who know that our liberty and our equality is endowed by our Creator.

The entirety of his remarks may be found here.

Certainly, their views are not opposed to one another, but during this election year, it would do us well to discuss the intersection of faith and freedom. How do these two things coincide for you? Do you believe that your right to freed om of religion was given to you by God? Do you believe that it is something that government must protect? Do you believe that one cannot exist without the other?

Join us this Wednesday, 6:30pm, at Short's Brewing Company for a conversation about faith and freedom.

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In order to live man must believe in that for which he lives.
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unTapped is a conversation about faith and spirituality. There are many people frustrated by being forced to think of faith in the same old patterns, and would prefer to explore spirituality in different ways.

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