Feb.13, 2014 | US MADNESS

Religious Liberty: The "I Can't Believe it's Not Liberty!" Type

It is interesting to note how the concept of "religious liberty" is in essence a carte blanche to both adhere to any belief system you want and to discriminate against anybody dimmed to deserve it by that same belief system. So you end up with the perverse reality of establishing State-Church separation, which in turn guarantees religious liberty, in the name of which discriminatory laws are enacted by the State, thereby practically negating the State-Church separation.

 

Therefore the main problem is with the State's giving religion (the "free exercise thereof" as per the 1st Amendment) precedence over equal rights and protections (which you have to scroll down all the way to the XIV Amendment for a taciturn mention). My suggestion would be to scrap the concept of religion from State laws and constitutions altogether, freedom of expression is a more that adequate replacement.

 

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