The 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America grants freedom of worship, speech & press; the right to petition the government & to assemble peaceably. Specifically with regard to "religion" it states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Many on the left have tried for at least 50 years to re-write history with regard to "separation of church and state" and to downgrade the religious beliefs of the founding fathers. This quote should satisfy both questions: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports ... and let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." George Washington, Farewell Speech, 9/17/1796 (from "Being George Washington"). The Liberty Institute lists the many & varied current activities to attempt to eliminate Religious Freedom in America. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology by researchers at the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center found that the secret to sustained happiness lies in participating in religion. “The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life,” an author of the study said.

The Turnabout on Religious Freedom

from The Wall Street Journal,

Liberals used to favor broad claims of liberty. Prof. David Skeel says the Obama-era culture wars helped change that.

In an age when contentious historical monuments are targeted for destruction, the Supreme Court decided Thursday to let one stand. At issue in American Legion v. American Humanist Association was whether a 40-foot concrete Latin cross on public land violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” By 7-2, the justices said it doesn’t. “It was a sound, if narrow, decision,” says David Skeel, 57, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania. “The court seemed to be signaling to the lower courts that they shouldn’t order monuments taken down just because there’s a religious significance to the symbol.” On the other hand, “it said nothing about whether a new monument might fall afoul of the Constitution.” In sum, “the Bladensburg Cross is fine—because it’s old. But that doesn’t mean people are free to erect crosses on public land.”

The American Humanist Association’s failure makes one wonder if the effort to extirpate religion from the public square is fizzling out. Are the great Establishment Clause cases—Engel v. Vitale (1962), which outlawed organized prayer in public schools, or Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971), which stopped states from supporting parochial schools—a thing of the past?

Attitudes shifted in the legal academy, too, with a growing body of scholarship contending that the First Amendment is too favorable toward faith. “They’re not denying that the Constitution regards religion as special,” Mr. Skeel says. “They’re arguing that it shouldn’t—that there’s no basis for treating religion differently from impulses like conscience or conviction. I think this is all part of the same shift. There’s now an interest in putting limits on the free exercise of religion.” That’s in part the result of a great incongruity in the ideology of the contemporary lef

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