Freedom from religion

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Freedom from religion is the freedom to choose not to engage in religious activity. It does not imply the freedom to suppress religious messages in the public sphere, as those messages are generally protected by freedom of speech.

It is frequently claimed that freedom from religion is not part of freedom of religion, and that laws guaranteeing the latter do not guarantee the former – implying heavily that one has a legal obligation to engage in religious activity of some sort and that atheism is therefore illegal or at least somehow a less protected viewpoint than those based in religion. These claims are generally baseless.

Freedom from religion is a necessary right in a free society.



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