Just as marriage between one man and one woman has a foundational effect on the flourishing of family life, religious observance has a similar effect on marriages, family, community and individual life. The fostering of religious observance within a framework of religious freedom is a hallmark of our culture as shaped by our national Founding Fathers*, as well as our Washington State Founders**.
* United States Constitution: FIRST AMENDMENT
** Washington State Constitution: SECTION 11 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
“Absolute freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment, belief and worship, shall be guaranteed to every individual, and no one shall be molested or disturbed in person or property on account of religion; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the peace and safety of the state.”
‘And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”‘
The Bible, Acts 5:27-29 (ESV)