The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …” In these simple words, our right to freely live and practice our faith is protected.

The Current State of Religious Freedom & Freedom of Conscience

Religious freedom and the freedom of conscience are your right to live and work according to your beliefs. Due to the ever increasing size of government and the development of same-sex marriage, this fundamental freedom is at risk.

Efforts by organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation are underway to restrict our religious freedom and conscience rights at work, school, and even church. If successful, these attacks on our religious freedom could greatly restrict our ability to respond to the Great Commission and share the Gospel.

At Nebraska Family Alliance (NFA), we are committed to protecting the right of every Nebraskan to freely live their faith.

2019 Religious Freedom Day Proclamation by Governor Pete Ricketts

Whereas, The right to religious freedom has been a foundational block of American since its founding; and

Whereas, Our Founding Fathers understood the importance of freedom of religion for a healthy republic, and the U.S. Constitution protects the free exercise of religion; and

Whereas, January 16th is the anniversary of the 1786 Virginia Statue on Religious Freedom that restrained the practice of taxing people to pay for the support of the local clergy and protected the civil rights of people to express their religious beliefs without suffering discrimination. This status serves as the model for protecting religious freedom as enshrined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution; and

Whereas, As Thomas Jefferson said of the First Amendment, it “guard[s] in the same sentences, and under the same words, the freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press; in so much as that whatever violates either throws down the sanctuary which covers the others”; and

Whereas, Nebraska’s Constitution recognizes that, “all persons have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences.”

Now, therefore, I, Pete Ricketts, Governor of the State of Nebraska, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM the 16th day of January 2019 as RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY in Nebraska, and I do hereby urge all citizens to take due note of the observance.

Governor Pete Ricketts

2019 Religious Freedom Day Proclamation

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