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Free to Believe
Transcript of Free to Believe
A form of expression
Shapes lives & decisions
Bases morals, values, & beliefs
Allows to change in beliefs
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
What is Freedom of Religion?
Free to Believe
Warning: Problems May Occur
1956 & 1999
Puritans.....Pilgrims....and Many Many More
Maryland Toleration Act of 1649
First and Second Great Awakening
The City of Brotherly Love?
Protestants besieged Catholic neighborhoods
with cannon fire and pistols and set houses on fire
- Qur'an or Bible?
Judge Moore and the Ten Commandments
In the Beginning 1995:
Why is freedom of religion relevant & important today?
You have the Right to...
When are you
other's religious freedom
KJV Bibles in School?
" WE SAY NO WAY"
Recite the Lord's Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance in Schools.... Recite your
prayer in silence
Students shall learn of our great freedoms, which freedoms include the freedom or religion and are symbolized by the recitation of the Lord's prayer and other silent religious reflections."
The ACLU filed a complaint
"No prayer in the Courtroom
NO Ten Commandments"
its the year 2003:
You Got 30 Minutes!
(well actually until August 20th ..)
In the End:
Supreme Court Ruling Freedom of Religion
Lemon v. Kurtzman
Rosenberger v. Rector & Visitors of the University
Gillette v. United States
A group of students at a university wanted to publish a Christian magazine
Ruling: The university denied their 1st amendment right
Allows people to use public facilities for evangelism
Gillette was conscientious objector that only opposed Vietnam war
Ruling: Congress was not acting unconstitutional when they established the definition of a conscientious observer
Sets precedent for religious beliefs in war
State helped pay salaries of private school teachers
Ruling: Assistance of the teachers was unconstitutional
Created the lemon test which remains precedent for church and state interaction
Article VI of the Constitution
Nothing and no one is above the law
Your practice of religion cannot violate civil law
Law of land > religious law
Wallace v. Jaffree
Violates First Amendment
Authorization of this law respected an establishment of religion
Moment-of-silence included word "prayer" which endorsed religion, therefore unconstitutional
When a minor's life is in imminent danger, the state can force life-saving medical procedures
Preaching near Planned Parenthood clinics in some cities
The Affordable Care Act forces for-profit companies to provide contraception to their employees
Choose whether to be religious or not
Freely practice a religion
assembly, expression, & speak about beliefs
Protection against religious persecution
I can change religions whenever I want
I can freely speak about my beliefs with others
Its a huge part of who I am
The Choice to Choose
Not every country has this right
Live life according to your religious beliefs
(There are Restrictions )
"The right to practice any religion - or no religion at all - is among the most fundamental of the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights"
The right to
a religion or religions
mixing of politics and religion
discrimination against religion
Freedom of Religion
Thanks for Listening!