Religious Freedom

Confusion

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There seems to be some confusion about whether a spate of laws being passed around the country – aimed at preserving the Constitutional Rights to Freedom of Religion – actually violate the Constitutional Rights of others. This is simply not the case. The Rights of one individual (or business or organization) ends at the Rights of another individual. For example, no one has the right to cause intentional harm to another person and claim “religious freedom”. The U.S. Constitution lays out a set of Rights that all American citizens enjoy, and while the document that has served as a guidepost for laws for over 200 years is open to interpretation, there is no conceivable interpretation that would allow one person to violate the Rights of another individual.

However, these attacks on businesses who wish to demonstrate their Religious Freedom are in violation of the First Amendment. Many individuals seek to do damage to businesses which refuse business or file lawsuits against the Government when it comes to their Right to freely practice Religion in the United States. And the Government sees that these businesses and individuals have a Constitutionally-derived freedom to practice their religion as they see fit, without Government intervention, especially when that intervention takes the form of Government telling businesses and individuals how to operate or act, a clear violation of the separation of Church and State.

There is a fine line which must be walked when it comes to interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, but especially when it comes to the First Amendment and the Freedom to practice Religion. The established religious organizations within the United States – Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc. – have demonstrated that they are able to live within the bounds established by the First Amendment, that is not violating the Rights of other Americans when it comes to matters of religious belief. If a business owner or individual chooses to not interact with someone because that other person stands in contradiction to the religious beliefs of the individual or business, that is their Constitutionally-guaranteed Right, and the Government cannot take that Right away or tell them how to act. In these instances, Religious Freedom is not treading on the Rights of others.

There is no Constitutional Right that states a business owner must serve you or an individual must talk to you.

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