Does this sound like religious freedom to you? Or more like government actively interfering with religious rights, in violation of the Constitution?
Sadly, attempts to scour public life of anything remotely resembling religious activity are increasing?both inside and outside prison walls. When religious believers fight back against such violations of religious freedoms, we?re immediately accused of trying to impose theocracy on
Nonsense. A theocrat wants to force everyone to believe in his own god and follow that god?s rules. Christians are doing the opposite: trying to protect the right of citizens of all faiths to worship as they see fit.
Why do militant secularists attempt to snuff out religious practice, even in prisons, where it is so desperately needed? Partly, it?s a fanatical hostility toward religion. But these efforts also reflect a serious misunderstanding both of the role religion should play in public life and of religion?s social benefits.
First, we don?t enjoy religious freedom because the courts allow it. The founders secured this basic human right in the Constitution because, as the Declaration of Independence recognizes, the right to worship is given by God, not government.
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