Tom Gjelten. Darrell Patterson, a devout Seventh Day Adventist, says he was fired after he refused to work on Saturday. The promotion of religious freedom in America, a cause that not long ago had near unanimous support on Capitol Hill, has fallen victim to the culture wars. A high point came in , when Congress overwhelmingly passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, meant to overturn a Supreme Court decision that limited Americans' right to exercise their religion freely. Those days are gone.
Most of the great cities of the world now are melting pots of people practicing different religions. Religions help guide people through their daily lives and gain spiritual fulfillment. If all religions are about help and guidance we should not aim to create conflicts with people of other faiths in the name of religion.
Jean Riley is a principal of a small elementary school in a metropolitan school district. One of her best teachers asked her first graders to make a poster depicting things for which they were thankful. One student made a poster expressing thanks for Jesus. The next year, the student was chosen to read a story to the class.