Commentary: Let religious freedom ring

By Jennifer A. Marshall

The Heritage Foundation

Published: Tuesday, June 26 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

We all enjoy religious freedom, so we should all be prepared to defend it. During the Fortnight for Freedom, Americans across the country will be doing just that by teaching the next generation about religious liberty, while serving and praying for their communities.

Throughout American history, the bell has been a symbol of liberty. During the Cristero War, the government silenced church bells. It's fitting that at the finale of the Fortnight for Freedom church bells across the country will ring at noon Eastern time, proclaiming: Let religious freedom ring!

Jennifer A. Marshall is director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation. Readers may write to the author in care of The Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. 20002; Web site: Information about Heritage's funding may be found at

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