Everyone has a right to their views and opinions, that includes the new editor. Remember, there are always two sides to a story. One of my deepest concerns is that our religious freedoms are being sorely tested in our country which has become so divided by class warfare, racism and intolerance. I’d like to share part of an article recently published in the magazine “The Vine and Branches,” which shows this isn’t the first time religious freedom was threatened in this country. This article was adapted by Charles Woodruff, published in Western Voice July 29, 1949. “In 1768 when three Baptist preachers were indicted in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, for “disturbing the peace by preaching the gospel of the son of God,” Patrick Henry rode 50 miles from his home in Hanover County to defend them. In his final statement he said, “From the period when our fathers left the land of nativity for settlement in these American wilds for liberty, for civil and religious liberty, for liberty of conscience to worship their creator according to their concepts of heaven’s revealed will. From the moment they placed their feet on the American continent in deep embedded forests and sought asylum from persecution and tyranny, from that moment despotism was crushed! Her fetters of darkness was broken and heaven decreed that man should be free — free to worship God according to the Bible.” But may it please your worship, permit me to inquire once more. For what are these men about to be tried? Great God! For preaching the savior to Adam’s fallen race? What law have they violated?”
In the end, the judge told the sheriff to release the men. May I ask how far are you willing to go to defend our religious freedom today? You decide.