BP This Week: Religious Freedom at the Court; Celebrating Independence Day

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a victory for religious liberty this week. In a 7-2 decision, the justices ruled that the government cannot deny general services to churches and other religious organizations on the basis of their viewpoint. The Court also decided to take up the case of Masterpiece Cake Shop, whose owners were sued for not designing a cake for a same-sex wedding. It’s another important case to watch.

This weekend as we celebrate Independence Day, John Stonestreet and Ed Stetzer urge listeners to think deeply about what it means to be a Christian in America. Our identity is first in Christ’s kingdom. But God has placed us in this land, surrounded by the blessings of liberty, which were guaranteed by founders who recognized where our rights come from: God, not government. Why not take the time this summer to learn more about the Christian thought that influenced our country’s founding, and why our Constitution places such a priority on the free exercise of religion?

Resources

BreakPoint: When Charity Is Labeled “Hate”
  • John Stonestreet
  • BreakPoint
  • June 29, 2017
BreakPoint: Supreme Court Victory for Trinity Lutheran
  • John Stonestreet
  • BreakPoint
  • June 27, 2017
Justices to Hear Case on Religious Objections to Same-Sex Marriage
  • Adam Liptak
  • The New York Times
  • June 26, 2017
Meeting God As An American
  • Richard John Neuhaus
  • First Things
  • August 22, 2008

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