On the First Freedom: A List of Articles on Religious Liberty

“I was at Salisbury Cathedral about ten days ago, and they have one of four extant copies of Magna Carta…the very first freedom articulated is religious liberty. Everything else flows from religious liberty, or is built around it.

Therefore you adjust and accommodate other things around that freedom. You don’t adjust and accommodate that freedom around other things that are more fundamental, because nothing else is.”

~ Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College, quoted in the National Review.

I have linked so many more *recent* excellent and important articles on this topic since this page was first created — please scan through the archive with the tag “Religious Liberty.” The content is worth more than a college course.

Recommended reading:

New Year, Old Resolution: Defend Religious Liberty

Freedom Requires Virtue, Which Requires Faith

First Amendment, ‘First Freedom,’ & Right of Conscience Remedial Education

Whose Conscience Should the Government Violate Next?

Establishing a U.S. State Religion

We Didn’t Choose This Battle: Religious Freedom in 2014

What ‘Conscience’ Really Means: Toward a reintroduction

Our First Right: Religious Liberty

The Future of Religious Liberty

American Jurisprudence Has Made A Mess Of Religious Freedom

Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom, Fundamentally At Odds

Religious Liberty & ‘Gay Marriage’ Cannot Coexist

Homosexual marriage fight now becomes a religious liberty fight

Wake-up Calls: Defending Our Religious Freedoms

VIDEO & TEXT: Eric Metaxas’ Speech at CPAC about Religious Liberty and Redefining Marriage

Test Cases for the Freedoms of Religion and Conscience

New Mexico Takes a Stab at Nullifying the Constitution

Same-Sex Marriage Trumps Religious Liberty in New Mexico

Recalling what freedom of religion meant to the Founders

State of Ignorance: Americans and the First Freedom

Grounding Our Right to Religious Freedom

Why Freedom Is Fast Disappearing

Religious Freedom Is About More Than Religion

What Is Religious Freedom?

Lessons on Conscience Protection from the UK

Jefferson’s Robust Views of Religious Freedom

Founders’ Quotes: The reason they protected Religious Liberty in the First Amendment

VIDEO: Eric Metaxas and John Piper discuss the threat to religious liberty posed by the homosexual agenda

Mock ‘Marriage’ and the Death of Freedom

Same-sex marriage is war on religious faith and principle

Exchanging Liberty For Tyranny

What Is Religious Freedom?

Can same-sex marriage and religious freedom coexist?

‘Gay Marriage’ or Religious Freedom: You Can’t Have Both

‘Gay Marriage’ and Religious Freedom Are Not Compatible

News Alert: Religious Liberty is in the U.S. Constitution

Disestablishing Our Secular Schools: Religious liberty and educational reform both require the end of the public school monopoly

The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military (Videos included)

Threats to Religious Freedom in Europe

Why Religious Freedom is a Fundamental Freedom and Universal Human Right

Attorney: Government wants to confine religious freedom

Book Review: “Back Fired: A nation founded for religious tolerance no longer tolerates the religion of its founders”

Marriage, Religious Liberty, and the “Grand Bargain”

Religious Freedom: Why Now?

Do the Church Fathers, the Founding Fathers, and Catholic Saints Really Go Together?

The indispensable nature of religious liberty v. the Obama Administration

Clearing up the confusion: Jefferson’s Intent regarding the Separation of Church and State

Threats to Religious Liberty are “immediate, serious, and real”

It Can Happen Here: Religious Freedom Threatened

Cardinal Dolan: That ‘Conscience Thing’ Is ‘Ennobling,’ ‘Enlightened’

One the front lines of the fight:

The First Freedom Project

Image credit: thefederalist.com.