Freedom of religion

I love this quote from Benjamin Franklin and I think it is a warning that far too many conservative, politically-minded Christians fail to heed:

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Much is said in the Christian blogosphere both here and in the US about Islam and it’s aspirations to destroy the West (as if it were some monolithic political entity). And although there surely are those who would see democracy cast down and a worldwide Islamic caliphate established (such as Hizb ut-Tahrir), it not a universal feeling amongst Muslims, especially in Australia. By agitating politically against the building of mosques or Islamic schools, encouraging the government to ban them, we are inviting the state to intervene in affairs it has no part on – the freedom for all to worship as they please.

Freedom in religion is a fundamental freedom for Christians to protect because it isn’t Islam that The World (the system opposed to the authority of God) and Satan want to destroy or the message of Islam they want to hinder, it it God’s kingdom they want to tear down and the gospel they want to stymie. It is the bearers of the gospel who Paul says are the stench of death to those who are perishing.

If Christians start asking governments to regulate religion, we are asking for our own heads to be on a platter. Christians have spent hundreds (if not thousands) of years fighting for freedom of religion and by asking governments to forbid Muslims to share the same freedom, we are sacrificing our essential liberty for temporary and false security.


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