Albert Mohler Honored for Efforts In Promoting and Defending Religious Liberty With Meese Award

Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. receives the Edwin Meese III Originalism and Religious Liberty Award from Alliance Defending Freedom President Alan Sears (left) and Council for National Policy President Tony Perkins (right).
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. receives the Edwin Meese III Originalism and Religious Liberty Award from Alliance Defending Freedom President Alan Sears (left) and Council for National Policy President Tony Perkins (right).

For his “significant efforts in publicly promoting and defending religious liberty,” R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, received the 2015 Edwin Meese III Originalism and Religious Liberty Award from the Alliance Defending Freedom, May 15.

“This award is presented to those who clearly demonstrate through their lives and callings a profound understanding and commitment to defending the original meaning of the United States Constitution and our liberty,” said Alan Sears, ADF’s president, CEO and general counsel.

Speaking to Mohler, Sears said, “You’ve acted as an eloquent ambassador for evangelicals and as a tireless advocate for religious freedom for all,” noting Mohler’s commitment to religious liberty for all persons no matter their religious convictions.

The award description said: “Alliance Defending Freedom honors Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. for his significant efforts in publicly promoting and defending religious liberty and a principled jurisprudence through the active advancement of constitutional originalism. Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr.’s tireless efforts embody the enduring commitment to justice that is the hallmark of the American spirit, as personified by the Honorable Edwin Meese III, in whose name this award is given.”

Mohler attended the event held in suburban Washington, D.C., with his wife Mary for whom he expressed thanks.

“I am deeply and always aware that I could not be here without the constant support and love of my wife Mary Mohler,” he said.

In brief remarks, Mohler said the “eclipse of religious liberty and the threat of a new Dark Age” is a “gathering storm,” borrowing an expression Winston Churchill used to describe events in the 1930s that ultimately led to World War II.

“We are not facing the same gathering storm, but we are now facing a battle that will determine the destiny of priceless freedoms and the very foundation of human rights and human dignity,” he said.

A “revolution in morality” is seeking to “subvert marriage,” “redefine it,” and “undermine an essential foundation of human dignity, flourishing and freedom,” Mohler said.

Citing recent remarks by the United States solicitor general before the Supreme Court during oral arguments on gay marriage, Mohler said “religious liberty is under direct threat” by “erotic liberty and personal autonomy.”

“These are days that will require courage, conviction and clarity of vision,” he said. “We’re in a fight for the most basic liberties God has given humanity, every single one of us, made in his image.”

Mohler said the “very freedom to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ is at stake, and thus so is the liberty of every American. … I am a Christian, and I believe that salvation is found in no other name than Jesus Christ and in no other Gospel, but I will fight for the religious liberty of all.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
James A. Smith Sr.

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