The First Amendment
The first part of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights states, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free practice there of;”… What this means is that religious freedom is a basic civil right that government is not allowed to touch! It cannot tell people religious garb to wear, what to believe, or how to worship. It would be unconstitutional to forbid the head scarf, or any type of religious apparel.
There was an incident in England where a conservative Jewish school was forced to accept a pupil, who, while Jewish, was not recognized as such by the school. This would be unconstitutional in the United States, because the government cannot mandate religious practices!
When that idiot pastor in Florida burned the Koran, he was making a religious statement and expressing his point of view. However, if he had attacked and burned a mosque or any other religious building, he would have faced some serious jail time.
Again, freedom of religion is a basic civil right that government is not allowed to touch. The secondary effect of this amendment is that the government is secular because it cannot control religion. Since no religion can dominate the government, we have no struggle for religious dominance in the government. Each religion competes peacefully for converts! It works!
Pervis James Casey
Jul 10 2011 - 2:04pm