Does freedom of religion give us a blank check to do whatever we want? No, it does not. When our forefathers made the dangerous journey to the new land, it was as much for freedom from religion as freedom for religion. Having been persecuted by the Church of England, or the Catholic church, many protestant groups sought a better life across the ocean. It was this struggle that was on the minds of the framers of the Bill of Rights. In 1777,Thomas Jefferson wrote the first bill, proposing to the Virginia legislature freedom not only of religion, but from religion. Later referring to a wall of separation between church and state.
We do not, however, have the right to go against established law in the name of religion. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, can not practice polygamy. You could not offer human sacrifice. The clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, was not within her rights. As an officer of the court, it is her duty to uphold federal law.
If we as a people, allow any group to make their religious beliefs law, then we have given away our freedom.
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