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Your Faith on Trial?

A court case in California has minority religions in danger of being considered less equal than their Christian counterparts. In the case, minority religions such as Buddhism or paganism, may not be entitled to protection under the First-Amendment.

On the upside, there have been other court cases that concluded the opposite: just because the writers of the Constitution weren't aware of other faiths that would eventually exist in America doesn't deny them their rights.

Wallbuilders, Inc. are claiming that Christianity, or Judeo-Christian religions are the only true religions entitled to First-Amendment rights. Is mono-theism the only true religion? Despite what one believes about true or false religion, this should not entitle any one religion over another. Under the First-Amendment law, all religions should be covered. No preferences. If the court decides to act in favor of Christianity, then isn't that violating the separation of Church and State? The state, favoring one Church over another? It comes down to, believe what you want, but don't push those subjective beliefs into law:

an organization called Wall Builders,Inc, which is represented by the National Legal Foundation, has argued that Christianity is the only religion that should be protected under the Constitution or at the very most other monotheistic religions might also be included. They also argue that the term religion only applies to Christianity or monotheistic faiths, and that anyone else, including the Pagans, are not really a religion for the purpose of Constitutional protections. -Patrick McCullum statement.

In Iran, the state has legitimized a similar law. It only recognizes Judeo-Christian religions as true religions, and this has ended in tragedy for The Bahai Faith. Not being considered a real religion, their rights are taken away and continuously abused by the state. America, think about the road you're headed down. It's not pretty.

It's important to remember that our country was founded on a history of religious tolerance. In fact, many early Americans were religious minorities themselves, fleeing their European homelands in favor of creating a place where they could live without religious persecution. The United States in particular has been especially favorable for the more puritanical, radical Christians cultures to find a home. Might they exhibit the same compassion for minority religious folk, or have they forgotten their own history?


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