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Free to Believe

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Transcript of Free to Believe

Why does it matter?
IMPORTANT then,
NOW
, later
A form of expression

Shapes lives & decisions

Bases morals, values, & beliefs

Allows to change in beliefs
$1.25
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
What is Freedom of Religion?
Free to Believe
Warning: Problems May Occur
1600-1800s
1844
1956 & 1999

2003
Early History
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
Got SCHOOL?
1956:
- 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
NOT

infringing on
other's religious freedom
KJV Bibles in School?
" WE SAY NO WAY"
Baking
News
1999
Recite the Lord's Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance in Schools.... Recite your
own
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
and
NO Ten Commandments"
NOW

its the year 2003:
You Got 30 Minutes!
(well actually until August 20th ..)
In the End:
Supreme Law
of
the Land
=
Serious Fines
for
Judge Moore
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
LIMITATIONS
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
protected?
(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"
- ACLU
The right to
practice
,
worship
, and
observe
a religion or religions

mixing of politics and religion
discrimination against religion
What is
Freedom of Religion
to You?

Thanks for Listening!
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