New York Families Preserves Religious Liberty

“[Jesus] said to them, ‘Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’” (Luke 20:25, ESV)
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17, ESV)

Religious liberty has been described as Americans’ “first freedom.” It is no coincidence that the Framers of the Constitution chose to place the Free Exercise Clause and its guarantee of religious liberty into the very first of the 10 constitutional amendments contained within the Bill of Rights. New York Families supports all New Yorkers’ rights to practice their faith, to speak about their faith, and to live out their faith without undue government intrusion.

The Center for Religion, Culture and Democracy, which studies state laws protecting religious freedom, confirms that New York is the worst state in the nation in terms of respect for religious liberty. Far too often, New York government has treated religious liberty and freedom of conscience as barriers best approached at full speed and barreled over. New York Families equips New Yorkers to stand for their God-given, constitutionally-protected right to the free exercise of religion.