"My liberty to extend my fist ends where your nose begins. And vice versa."
This quote, in various forms, has been attributed to a surprising number of highly acclaimed politicians and lawyers. Nobody really knows who first said it, but it still rings true today.
As Americans, we hold Liberty as one of the highest unalienable rights given to man. That's why it is so hard to see our liberty under attack on so many fronts. One such front that's near and dear to my heart is my Liberty to practice religion. Regardless of my personal beliefs, I feel strongly that everyone should have the liberty to practice (or not practice) theirs. Those who wish to Pledge Allegiance to the Flag, should have the right to do so. And those who don't should have the right to stand respectfully by. Those who believe in the practice of birth control should have the right to access it, and those who don't believe in it should not have to pay for it. We should have the Liberty to refuse service, and the liberty to boycott, but we should not expect to receive goods and services that were not paid for.
Whenever I hear of a law being passed that forces people to act or pay for things contrary to their religious belief I feel compelled to fight it.
What Liberties are dear to you?
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