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  Jefferson on Politics & Government: Freedom of Religion
"The Christian religion, when divested of the rags in which they [the clergy] have enveloped it, and brought to the original purity and simplicity of it's benevolent institutor, is a religion of all others most friendly to liberty, science, and the freest expansion of the human mind." --Thomas Jefferson to Moses Robinson, 1801.
"The advocate of religious freedom is to expect neither peace nor forgiveness from [the clergy]." --Thomas Jefferson to Levi Lincoln, 1802.
It would present our boasted freedom of religion as a thing of theory only, and not of practice, as what would be a poor exchange for the theoretic thraldom, but practical freedom of Europe." --Thomas Jefferson to N. Dufief, 1814.
etext.lib.virginia.edu /jefferson/quotations/jeff1650.htm   (2397 words)

  Freedom of Religion
The basic idea of freedom of religion is that no one, especially the government, is allowed to force religion on anyone else or prohibit anyone from practicing a religion.
One component of freedom of religion is freedom of conscience.
Distorting the meaning of freedom of religion was the first tactic, ignoring its supporting principles was the second, and usurping the place of freedom with theism was the third.
www.humanistsofutah.org /1992/art4june92.html   (2218 words)

 Freedom of Religion and Children
The freedom to exercise one's religion, to engage in experiments in living, is as essential as freedom of belief.
Freedom of religion, then, is legitimate since it increases the chance of finding the truth and because it gives each individual the means to a self-directed and satisfying life.
Or, if we assume freedom of religion is a non-derivative, intuitively grasped right which is not supported by an appeal to autonomy, we may reject the judge's decision because it gives parents justifiable power to violate their children's rights.
www.stpt.usf.edu /hhl/papers/freedom.of.religion.and.children.htm   (4869 words)

 Freedom of religion
Freedom of belief and communication are the modern equivalents of freedom of religion and speech, and are two of the most fundamental and important freedoms.
This right shall include freedom to have a religion or whatever belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.
Freedom to manifest one's religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.
members.optusnet.com.au /~polsoc/ppascr15.htm   (1854 words)

 Canada - Freedom of Religion
State action which discriminates on the basis of religion cannot be excused on the grounds that religion is a choice and that the individuals may choose to avoid the negative impact which arises from the state's response to their religious identity.
Freedom of religion and freedom of expression are public in nature and encompass the freedom of the individual from state compulsion or restraints.
Where religion becomes a source of conflict between the parents or is the very cause of the marriage breakdown, it is generally not in the best interests of the child and may in some circumstances be very detrimental for the child to be drawn into the controversy over religious matters.
www.witchvox.com /white/wcanadianfreedom.html   (4030 words)

 BICOM - About Israel - Freedom Of Religion - Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre
Freedom of practice: Israel protects the freedom of Jews and non-Jews alike to engage in their chosen form of religious practice or worship.
Thus, freedom of religion must be balanced with other rights and interests, and may be restricted for reasons of public order and security.
This development in the law has shown that the lack of separation between law and religion enables the Knesset, influenced by political considerations, to command the support of the religious parties in the Knesset to enact that are in line with Jewish law.
www.bicom.org.uk /about_israel/freedom_of_religion   (1699 words)

Freedom of religion is enshrined in the country's Constitution, approved by the nation-wide referendum in 1995 and apparently approved by the majority of the believers.
Had the legislation of freedom of religion really been strict and forbidding, as some try to portray it, it would be impossible for over 2000 religious associations to establish themselves and to operate in the country in a really free manner.
That fact was acknowledged by the Experts Council on Freedom and Religion of Bureau of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in their March 2001 report with assessments of a bill of amendments to Kazakhstan's legislation on religious freedom.
www.kazakhembus.com /Freedom_of_Religion.html   (4653 words)

 Freedom of Religion
Freedom of religion is a political principle that strives to forbid government constraint on people's choices of beliefs.
Religious freedom includes the freedom to worship, to print instructional material, to train teachers and to organize groups for their employment and schools in which to teach, including religion.
While religion and government must interact at some points while co-existing in society, the concern here is that they do not so overlap and intertwine that people have difficulty differentiating between the two.
www.lincoln.edu /criminaljustice/hr/Religion.htm   (3944 words)

 Freedom of religion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Freedom of religion and belief is considered by many to be a fundamental human right.
Freedom of worship in India was encapsulated in an inscription of Asoka:
The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was written in 1779 by Thomas Jefferson.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Freedom_of_religion   (3514 words)

 Ohr Somayach :: Chanukah :: Freedom of/from Religion
Freedom of religion is certainly a privilege for which we all have to be thankful.
We thus see that when our ancestors gained freedom of religion the first thing they did was to utilize it for practicing their religion – and their efforts were blessed with success.
As we celebrate Chanukah as a gift of freedom of religion, it is our hope and prayer that there will be no need for Jews to be awakened to their identity and their destiny through a rise in the anti-Semitism which has been the catalyst for such soul-searching throughout history.
ohr.edu /yhiy/article.php/2439/html/rss   (711 words)

This allows government to "recognize" or "accommodate" a religion, but bars any policy that appears to coerce anybody to support or participate in a religion due to the example of public support.
Religion and the public schools: If the government tries to introduce religion into the public schools, it is probably violating the Establishment Clause.
One way the government may be found to have interfered with a person’s free exercise of religion is if the government denies the person a benefit solely because of that person’s religious beliefs or practices.
www2.sfasu.edu /polisci/Abel/ConstitutionalLawII/FREEDOMOFRELIGION.htm   (3631 words)

 Freedom of Religion or Belief
This complexity, and the difficulty of defining “religion” and “belief,” are illustrated by the still developing history of the protection of freedom of religion or belief in the context of international human rights.
This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his [her] choice, and freedom either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his [her] religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.
The Oslo Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief adopted a declaration that led to the formation of The Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief, an international coalition dedicated to achieving substantial progress and practical support for implementation of Article 18 and the 1981 UN Declaration.
www1.umn.edu /humanrts/edumat/studyguides/religion.html   (5940 words)

 Freedom of Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
It was in the midst of all this diversity that the freedom of religion debates took place among the founding fathers.
The word "religion" is nowhere defined in the Constitution, which raises the question "What is a religion?" The answer illustrates the reason why lawyers and scholars often refer to this area as the most frustrating and perplexing area of Constitutional Law.
It is, like the idea of freedom from religion, best seen as a political principle that forbids governments from ever stepping in or even implying which religion is recognized, favored, ascendant, more tolerant, or better.
faculty.ncwc.edu /toconnor/410/410lect10.htm   (3571 words)

 Freedom of Religion and Belief
Freedom of religion and belief does not mean merely the freedom to have a faith but also the freedom to change one's religion or belief.
This discrimination is clearly contrary to freedom of religion and belief and to the principle that religion should be a private matter for the individual.
Belief in any religion should be voluntary and a private matter, but more often than not it is a collective statement and part of our identity.
www.ntpi.org /html/freedom.html   (368 words)

 Freedom of Religion | Religious Liberty | First Amendment | Questia.com Online Library
...the Conflicts of Culture: Freedom of Religion and Conscience in the West...the American concept of the freedom of religion and separation of church and...the Constitution...
Church...from the standpoint that religion is the enemy of human reason and freedom, Spinoza concludes that...
Religion and the American System Freedom of religion is one of the key civil rights enshrined...is a difficult issue for...
www.questia.com /library/religion/freedom-of-religion.jsp   (750 words)

 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Website: HR and Religion
The right includes the freedom to have or adopt a religion or belief of one's choice including theistic, non-theistic and atheistic beliefs.
Discrimination and vilification on the basis of religion and belief discourages participation in the community and may infringe the right to freedom of religion and belief.
The freedom of religion and belief extends to the right to manifest one's religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.
www.hreoc.gov.au /human_rights/religion/index.html   (372 words)

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City of Quebec [1953] 2 S.C.R., the Supreme Court of Canada strikes down a prohibition on the distribution of leaflets by Jehovah's Witnesses because it is restriction on freedom of religion.
The Supreme Court decides that adherence to the tenets of the Catholic faith is a valid occupational requirement for a Catholic teacher in a Catholic school in Caldwell v.
Requiring an employee to work on days which his or her religion prohibits is found to be discrimination in Central Alberta Dairy Pool v.
www.chrc-ccdp.ca /en/browseSubjects/freedomReligion.asp   (966 words)

 The Freedom of Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The deterioration of manners, which depend on the spirit of religion, means the degeneration of generosity, humility, and dignity.
Religion does not entail equality of condition because this equality binds men instead of setting them free.
The freedom found in love, found in true religion, is pure only because it is an extension of God’s freedom to act in love toward his creation.
www.acton.org /publicat/books/religion/second.html   (1613 words)

 Oslo Coalition
Its methods for promoting freedom of religion or belief include partnerships with organizations and institutions in other countries, facilitation of new religious networks, organsation of conferences and support of useful studies, in the field of freedom of religion or belief.
was established by the participants of the Oslo Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief, which was held in August 1998 in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The activities of the Oslo Coalition are based on the Oslo Declaration on Freedom of Religion or Belief, which was adopted by the Conference.
www.oslocoalition.org   (262 words)

 Freedom of Religion
To live in a place where one is free to exercise his own religion without fear of restriction or persecution from the authorities over him is one of the supreme rights demanded by the human soul.
There is a good reason why the fathers defined freedom of religion and separation of church and state in the way that they did.
They also firmly believed that freedom, justice, and the establishment of the nation of America were ultimately from on high, not from the power of men.
www.eternalchoice.com /freedomofreligion.php   (2070 words)

 Freedom of Religion? by Michael J. Hurd -- Capitalism Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
It implies that people have freedom not merely to privately practice whatever religion (if any) they choose; it implies that people have the "right" to impose the practice of religion on other people.
Freedom OF religion is a blank check for religion being free to do what it pleases.
The only type of freedom relevant to religion is the right to practice religion privately, without imposing force on other people.
www.capmag.com /article.asp?ID=4463   (618 words)

 Freedom of Religion : An American Attribute   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The purpose of religious studies in public education is to help students attain, by means of methods commensurate with their stages of intellectual, emotional and social development, a broad and balances understanding of the nature and function of religions in the personal, social and historical lives and the lives of others.
The sub unit emphasizes the issues of fragmentation and civil religion within the major religions and political institutions in America as well as on the grass roots political scene.
It appears that so many people died for the sake of being able to practice the religion of their choosing, the founding fathers decided they wanted no more bloodshed or lives lost for the sake of religion and therefore wrote the first amendment to avoid such troubling injuries and deaths.
www.chatham.edu /PTI/ReligioninAmericanSociety/abstracts.htm   (1117 words)

 Freedom of Religion - Scientology News in Europe
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.
We find it encouraging that on Thursday 8 September the European Parliament adopted a resolution with 78 votes in favour to 5 against with 1 abstention on breaches of human rights in China, in particular as regards freedom of religion.
In keeping with this, we urge a further examination of the state of religious freedom in the EU member states, many of which were cited by the US State Department Religious Freedom Report this past year.
www.scientologyreligion.org /news/pg026.html   (239 words)

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50, reenacted the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and provided that "[r]eligion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." Id., at 52, n.
Forcing non-Christians to recite a Christian prayer would infringe upon their freedom of religion, and create anger against the Christian majority.
Some Christians would believe that their religion is superior to all others, and that the government promotes Christianity.
lycos.cs.cmu.edu /info/freedom-of-religion.html   (616 words)

 Religious Freedom
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof: or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Likewise, individual Christians and other believers must be free to practice their faith in whatever manner they believe necessary, commensurate with their not violating the same freedom of others.
www.auburn.edu /~allenkc/rights.html   (441 words)

 Freedom of Religion
In 1620, they sailed the stormy Atlantic for 63 days on the tiny Mayflower, seeking freedom of religion in the New World.
The Free Exercise Clause prohibits the government from interfering with a person’s practice of his or her religion.
Religious freedom is an absolute right, and includes the right to practice any religion of one’s choice, or no religion at all, and to do this without government control.
www.illinoisfirstamendmentcenter.com /religion.php   (268 words)

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