Buttle's World

19 February, 2010

Drawing the Line on Freedom of Religion

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 18:57

Freedom of religion is a founding principle of our culture and our country. But it is not a “Get out of Jail Free” card to let you do anything you want. I have no problem with religions teaching their beliefs of various and sundry deities, or teaching their followers how they should live. Religions should be able to preach and proselytize in the free market of ideas.

But when a religion seeks to impose itself by force, or usurp the rule of law, it has crossed the line and deserves no constitutional protections. As Andy McCarthy puts it:

Implementing sharia is the purpose of jihad. Sharia is antithetical to our Constitution in fundamental ways.

So if you want to preach sharia in your mosque, my country has both a right and a duty to listen in and to do something about it.

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