Religious Rights vs Personal Rights/ Religious Freedoms over Personal Freedoms
The US Constitution and the Bill of Rights guarantees the right to religious freedom. Giving the right to each individual to worship God as they wish. The right to religious freedom also means that some may no want to worship God.
Well I am not sure that the freedom of religion as it has been defined today was the intent of the founding leaders of the United States. The groups that were coming here were Christians groups who were being persecuted in Europe because they did not agree with the Roman Catholic Church and other hard core Christian groups like the Calvinest.
Many of the people were Quakers, Puritans, Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian and Anibaptist. They were different Christian groups not different religions per se, but each group wanted to practice their Christian religion the way their groups instituted their practiceswithout being persecuted by the others including Roman Catholicism. John Calvin killed many in the name of his religion and many others did the same.
America was to be a new place where different Christian religions could live together in peace. Unlike the religious termoil that had a grip on Europe at that time.
Today the constitution protects any and all religions. It allows them to practice their religious rights as long as their practice does not go against civil law. For example If any religious group wants to sacrifice animals it has to be done according to the civil law. But more than likely that practice will end in criminal charges of cruelty against an animal. Or if you sacrifice a child or a person it will result in charges of murder. Therefor the right to practice your religion the way you want is not protected by the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.
Recently, Islam has come to the forefront. In parts of the world Islam is proclaiming it is the only true religion and does not want to give any other religion equal ground. So based on that we need to modify Islam’s rights under the constitution and the bill of right. For example if an Islamic decided to hijack aircraft and fly them into buildings killing thousands in the name of their religion should their right to religious freedom be allowed or should their rights be curbed in some aspect to keep them from performing Jihad?
When an Islamic group did fly aircraft into buildings in the name of Allah, with the praises of 90% of the Muslim population of the world approving. How do you go about making sure they have their rights protect but at the same time protect the rights of the rest of the people to pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness without being killed by a religion that wants to convert, enslave and tax any person against their will?
Where do you draw the line between religious rights and personal freedoms?
The original idea was to give a person the freedom to worship as they felt without hindering others from doing the same. Today it is meant to let others practice their worship according to their personal freedom to do so as long as it does not infringe upon the rights of others.
Other than a few nut cases like John Calvin and the Roman Catholic church have I ever heard anyone being killed for having a different view on how to practice their Christianity or wars commited in the name of Jesus.
Here is the core understanding when the framers of our great nation instituted the right to religious freedom it was to give a person a right to practice their form of Christianity without fear of intimidation, persecution, torture or death from another group claiming they were heretics.
Can we today claim that we all have the right to the freedom of religious practice no matter what the religion without fear of being killed, persecuted or forced to convert to another religion. You have the right to tell me about your religion, you have the right to say I am wrong, you have the right to call me an infidel but you don’t have the right to persecute, intimidate, torture or murder in the name of your god.
You can burn any religious books you want in the early church there were so many burning their religious books the value could not even be calculated. You can burn the Bible I can burn the Koran but to force your religion by coercion and fear of death you do not have the right.
So what do you do when one religion begins to exalt itself against the others?
What do you do when one group kills thousands using materials of mass destructions in the name of their religion?
The Bible says to Love, and the Koran says to kill. Which is right?
I would venture that tough love is far better than murder any day of the week.