Freedom of Religion

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Freedom of Religion
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Religious Freedom The Bill of Rights provides first for the protection of  religious liberty – reflects European history where religion  was often a cause of bloodshed Religion has always played a large and important role in  American life with regular references to the divine among  the founder’s speeches and national days of prayer being  regularly called Many early colonists, and many later immigrants, came  here to escape persecution for their religious beliefs. From the early days, the colonies were religiously diverse  (but almost exclusively Judeo-Christian) which meant  that any attempt to unify the nation under one faith would  only lead to discord
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Freedom of Religion “Congress shall make no law respecting an  establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise  thereof”   -United States Constitution, 1 st  amendment Religious freedom thus comes from the  establishment  clause , which says the government will not chose an  official religion it will support, and the  free exercise clause which says the government will not interfere with an  individual’s religious practices 
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The clause guarantees to each person the right to  believe and practice their religion. However, the Free Exercise Clause does not give  anyone the right to violate criminal laws, offend public  morals, or otherwise threaten the safety of the  community so long as those laws weren’t created to  target a specific faith. 
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