Freedom of religion
OverviewFreedom of religion refers to the freedom to choose the nature of one's religion. It is enshrined as a basic right in US Constitution.
It is frequently claimed that the right of freedom of religion does not include freedom from religion, i.e. the right not to engage in religious activity if one does not wish to, but these claims are generally baseless.
- Conservapedia: "Freedom of religion is the liberty to choose one's religion, and practice it without government interference."
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- 2008-07-29 [Talk|Index] Catholic Clergy Call for Reparation in Response to Communion Desecration § “The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy .. respond to the sacrilegious and blasphemous desecration of the Holy Eucharist by asking for public reparation. We ask all Catholics of Minnesota and of the entire nation to join in a day of prayer and fasting that such offenses never happen again. .. We find the actions of University of Minnesota (Morris) Professor Paul Myers reprehensible, inexcusable, and unconstitutional. His flagrant display of irreverence by profaning a consecrated Host from a Catholic church goes beyond the limit of academic freedom and free speech. .. The same Bill of Rights which protect freedom of speech also protect freedom of religion. The Founding Fathers did not envision a freedom FROM religion, rather a freedom OF religion. In other words, our nation's constitution protects the rights of ALL religions, not one and not just a few. Attacking the most sacred elements of a religion is not free speech anymore than would be perjury in a court or libel in a newspaper.” A very interesting interpretation of the constitution. Commentary: Pharyngula