Michael Youssef

Why would a requirement in the U.S., of all countries, be designed to either crush one’s conscience or crush one’s business? It’s baffling. The only conclusion one can draw is that someone who desires America’s destruction is inserting these regulations into the books.

For those who erroneously believe that religious liberty means nothing more than “freedom to worship on Sundays,” please read The Federalist Papers.

At the risk of appearing to lecture self-identified Christians who have a weak understanding of religious liberty, let me offer a true understanding of the Christian faith:

* It is 24/7. It must be practiced in the home, the business, the government, and yes, the law.

* It is not a list of do’s and don’ts—it’s a lifestyle.

* It requires moment-by-moment decision making throughout all the complexities of life.

* It is the freedom to propagate one’s faith

That is the true religious freedom that the founding fathers envisioned.

Much discussion regarding the recent health care regulations has centered on contraception coverage. But freedom-lovers and freedom-seekers must not fall into the trap of saying, “I don’t have to worry about religious liberty in this case because I’m not against contraception.” I am not against contraception, per se, either. But ignoring the religious liberty implications, even in the case of contraception, is a dangerous place to be.

Why? Because eventually they will come after the religious conviction that you do cherish. But by then it will be too late.

Don’t let the American dream die or become a nightmare. God gave us the privilege of appointing a government. Don’t sell out that privilege.

Michael Youssef

Dr. Michael Youssef is the author of 27 books including his most recent and timely Blindsided: The Radical Islamic Conquest. His blog: www.michaelyoussef.com Follow on Twitter: @MichaelAYoussef