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FIRST AMENDMENT

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
“Far too many Americans today simply don’t know that our nation’s founders came to understand religious freedom as our first freedom.”
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Maintaining religious freedom in prisons isn’t simply a matter of law, or principle, but of humanity and hope.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
This is an odious attack on ALL religions, and our right to choose our religion for ourselves.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The sacred texts of the Church of Scientology were misunderstood, taken out of context, and embedded into a decision which stated, wrongly, what Scientologists believe.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
What a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge did by interpreting scripture and failing to consult religious authorities on a matter of church doctrine was wrongful.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
A “freedom of religion” based on intolerance toward all but one or two religions is not acceptable in a free and tolerant society.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
If we allow courts to override agreements made between parishioner and religious institution, we will be setting a very dangerous precedent.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
As difficult as some of these cases may be, courts have usually sided with the church and with the Lockean ideas. The church, not the state, distinguishes between human actions based on their religious motivation or lack thereof.
MEDIA & ETHICS
Freedom of speech is a precious gift bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers. Anti-Scientologists routinely abuse that right. I could now proclaim that even though I detest what the haters say about my church, I will defend their right to say it. But I won’t. It would be a lie. Why on earth would I want to defend the abuse of this precious right by for-profit hatemongers?
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
In keeping with the spirit of the day, I engaged in a bit of reflection on what the Constitution means to me personally. Certainly as a lifelong Scientologist, a religion that emerged in the 20th century, the promise of religious freedom, combined with the prohibition of any official state religion, stand out. Although the forward progress of Scientology has not been without challenges, I’ve personally observed the strong commitment of many Americans to the ideal of religious freedom which has helped it thrive.