The Washington-based Freedom House has announced that Freedom is in decline worldwide.
Nevertheless, President Obama has declared today "Religious Freedom Day."
The day chosen is the anniversary of the enactment of the Statute for Religious Freedom in Virginia, 1786. That statute begins:
Whereas, Almighty God hath created the mind free;
that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens, or by civil incapacitations tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and therefore are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, who being Lord, both of body and mind yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do,
Did Allah create the mind free? Not according to the Taliban. Nobody in Virginia, 1786, would have agreed that Muhammad or Krishna was "the holy author of our religion."
"The HOLY author of OUR religion?" Oops! The ACLU would have us say, "the Secular author of our agnostic tolerance."
In his official proclamation, Obama says,
Though our Nation has sometimes fallen short of the weighty task of ensuring freedom of religious expression and practice, we have remained a Nation in which people of different faiths coexist with mutual respect and equality under the law. America's unshakeable [sic] commitment to religious freedom binds us together as a people, and the strength of our values underpins a country that is tolerant, just, and strong.
In a Christian nation, no religion that requires human sacrifice exists "with mutual respect and equality under the law." No religion that prescribes terrorism should be respected.
Freedom is in decline around the world because too many people tolerate false religions. The condemnation of tyranny and oppression is fundamentally a religious and moral act. Only Christianity provides the worldview which can consistently oppose coercion of mind and body.
Samuel Adams called himself "The Last Puritan." He was a radical Puritan, going back to the roots. Our alternatives are the pursuit of purity, maturity, and consistency in Christianity, or the opposite: impurity, immaturity, the breakdown of logic and moral standards as everything is tolerated. Including tyranny.
Consistently Christian Puritanism is self-imposed intolerance of immorality and irrationality, but does not include coercion of mind and body of others.