I keep reading and hearing talk of religious freedom but never is there a definition of what it means. As I see it, it means that a person may choose to believe whatever theory of the supernatural and its earthly prescriptions or to believe none. It also means that a person may practice his/her beliefs in premises that he/she has the sole right to control, such as home. vehicle, boat, and so on. This includes premises that are owned by a congregation of the faithful, such as a church, retreat grounds, etc. On premises that are owned in common by all citizens the allowance for religious practice or displays will be determined by consensus and by respect for fundamental rights which are defined on an individual basis. For example, loudspeakers that advertise religious messages would assault the ears of non- believers within range and therefore would not be allowed. Ostentatious religious apparel could displease the majority of citizens who have the right to ban such apparel from areas that they have the right to control and we have seen that in France. We could see that in other countries if the politicians knew the foregoing principles but unfortunately, they are consumed with the mission of designing society as a whole without the discipline of thoroughly respecting rights.
Filed under: Uncategorized | July 13th, 2016