By LCU News
PINEVILLE, La. (LCU News) – Brittany Jones offered a crash course on the need to exercise religious freedoms in an increasingly secular culture to the attendees at the first Christ-Church-Culture event of the fall semester at Louisiana Christian University, Sept. 11.
“Religious freedom and the freedom of conscience are foundational to protecting all other freedoms in our country,” Jones said. “As our country changes, it is important that Americans today understand how these freedoms were developed and how they impact them.”
Jones, a graduate of Louisiana Christian University and Regent University School of Law, serves as the director of Policy and Engagement for Kansas Family Voice. Her focus at the organization is on religious freedom, life, education choice and combatting pornography.
Religious freedom was extremely important to the founders of this country, she said.
“They were concerned because they’d been persecuted and seen people literally killed for not agreeing with the monarch,” Jones said.
In America, religious freedom is for everyone, and the law is mainly meant to protect minority belief systems. While many of the most recent decisions have dealt with Christianity, historically that has not been the case.
Today’s America, however, is starting to lose its moral foundation that has kept the nation functioning, she noted.
“We’re starting to lose that common thread of what is right and good,” Jones said.
Jones cited several recent cases where the U.S. Supreme Court did step in and overturn decisions from lower courts that had not protected religious freedom.
“The government can’t establish a religion, but people can still practice their faith even if they work for the government,” she said.