Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Article of Faith #11

It seems so obvious, yet many miss it. We are fully allowed to worship how, where, and what we may. That is our right as Americans.

When it comes to public policy that effects all Americans, we should not impose one religious view on others or support one religion over another. In public policy we should support that which is objective, which applies to all Americans of all faiths, theists and atheists alike. I would not like to be under Sharia Law because it is not my belief; I would not like to be prevented from practicing my faith by an atheist; I realize these are extreme examples but they follow the line of religious influence in government. If we ask others to respect our beliefs and our faith, we should show the same respect to them.

Joseph Smith wrote the Articles of Faith when asked what our church believes. Number 11 states:
We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
It is for reasons like this that I stand by my faith so proudly. Religion is a part of my life and I would fight tooth and nail if anyone were to prevent me from practicing it. We should allow others the same courtesy and allow them to believe what they may and not create laws or enact national actions or policies based on a religion.

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