RALLY FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY — The Most Cherished of American Freedoms
The public is invited to join Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan, Councilwoman Veronica Allison, Judge David Ritchie, Judge Charles Schrumpf, Judge Kent Savoie, State Representative Mike Danahay, District Attorney John DeRosier, Iowa Mayor Carol Ponthieux, Sulphur Assistant City Attorney and City Prosecutor Jennifer Page, Bishop Glen John Provost, Pastor Ronnie Burke, Pastor Jerry Thompson and Mitchell Wyninger from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2013, at the Heritage Square Pavilion in Sulphur to celebrate the great heritage of religious liberty. Music will be provided by Barry Badon, Houston River Baptist Church Choir, and the Life Church Band.
The Freedom of Religion: Our First Liberty
Our nation’s founders left us a great legacy on the foundational importance of religious liberty for the country. James Madison, often called the Father of the Constitution, identified conscience as “the most sacred of all property”. He wrote that “the Religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate”. George Washington wrote that “the establishment of Civil and Religious Liberty was the motive that induced me to the field of battle.” Thomas Jefferson assured the Ursuline Sisters – who had been serving a religiously diverse population by running a hospital, an orphanage, and schools in Louisiana since 1727 – that the principles of the Constitution were a “sure guarantee” that their ministry would be free “to govern itself according to its own voluntary rules, without interference from civil authority.”
Religious freedom had the distinction of being the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Religious liberty is indeed the first liberty. The First Amendment guarantees that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Event is sponsored by Diocese of Lake Charles, The Sulphur Ministerial Alliance, and the City of Sulphur.