From the November, 2004 issue of Touchstone
Free Press & Pulpit by Patrick Henry Reardon

Free Press & Pulpit

Patrick Henry Reardon on the First Amendment

Inasmuch as Christ our Lord obliges all Christians to “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s” (Matt. 22:21), I suppose that few of us seriously doubt our common moral duty to take part in the civic life of our nation, including its politics. Even those who fail to notice St. Paul’s contention that this obligation is imposed “for conscience’ sake” (Rom. 13:5) probably live as good citizens, rendering “taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor” (13:7).

Inspired by the Epistle to Diognetus to think that “Christia . . .

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