Why America Must Define Religion
When America was founded no one thought it was necessary to define the concept of religion. To this day America has failed to define what is or is not a religion.
We must focus upon questioning the adequacy of our American Constitution (specifically the two clauses of the First Amendment concerning the relationship of government to religion: the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause).
How can it be unconstitutional for government to establish a religion when the constitution hasn’t even defined religion? And isn’t it important to define religion so as to determine whether something is a "religion" for Establishment Clause purposes?
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The following three previously published articles will shed light on the urgent need for America to finally come to terms with our failure to define religion.
Islam, Islamism, and America
The Battle for American Unity
Let me quote from an earlier article, An “Honest” Terrorist Writes: “No Muslim Can Pledge Loyalty to the Constitution”
Read the words of Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun in the Lee v. Weisman ruling, 1992.
(1) When a government fails to define what constitutes a religion it conveys a message to all that any ideology can pass for religion, and that freedom of religious expression supercedes all other freedoms and overrules all duties of government – specifically the primary duty of government to protect its citizens from harm.