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Published: Thursday, Sept. 20 2012 9:00 a.m. MDT

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Just because we don't prostrate ourselves in front of your alters doesn't mean we want to restrict your religion. Live and let live. You stay out of my life and I'll stay out of yours.


Just because the First Amendment promotes freedom of religion, doesn't mean there has been freedom of religion in practice.

The record of the United States is horrendous in persecutions of new religions, from the persecution of Roger Williams's group that led to his flight to Rhode Island, the notorious persections of Mormons in Ohio, Illinois and Missouri, and even the burning alive of Branch Davidian children in more recent years in the federal attacks in Waco, Texas.

The problem seems to be that, while freedom of religion is "guaranteed" under the Bill of Rights, in practice that "guarantee" has historically not been enforced or protected. Public schools also have effectively banned hymns and prayers and I wonder if there are any Bibles in our public school libraries.

If things are getting worse still as the article suggests then we are in real trouble.

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