Even more importantly, that protection was extended not just to private thoughts but to the right of people to live out their religion and practice it in the public square, regardless of whether it was popular or in line with the political correctness of the time. “For a long time, the belief was that the religious freedom protected your private beliefs but not your public actions,” Waldman said. “That began to change in the 20th century. For example, Seventh Day Adventists’ sabbath is Saturday.

So, your state can’t say, ‘Tough. You have to work on Saturday.’ Instead, we’re bending over backward to accommodate people. People value religious freedom and religious pluralism so much that they are going to bend over backward to accommodate people and their religious beliefs. That’s very powerful. That’s a highly developed form of religious freedom… America has really figured out this model that allows for both tolerance and religious vibrancy. In other countries, you have either poor countries with one religion or these advanced Western countries that have secularism and no religious vibrancy. We are the only country that really has both. That’s a massive achievement in world history that we should be proud of and fight for.”

Unfortunately, that fight is likely to continue as people are forced to continue demanding and defending their religious freedom. The good news, however, is that America has fought this fight before and won. There is no reason this time should be any different.