One of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals is: Force them to live by their own rules.
Our First Amendment says ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…’.
Certain religions try to use that to prove their religion is protected by the Constitution. That is a lie! But many politicians and ‘faith leaders’ have fallen for their rhetoric and wrongful application of the real intent of the First Amendment ‘establishment clause’.
Religions do not have rights, individuals have rights! Where religion tramples those rights, it is neither within its bounds as a true religion nor is it deserving of any Constitutional recognition or protection as such.
Our Constitution was written to protect the inalienable rights endowed unto all men by our Creator! No religion that denies the right of life, liberty, or property to those who hold its tenets in disbelief can claim First Amendment protection. No religion that denies freedom of conscience to believe what might be contrary to its doctrine on pain of death or public humiliation can claim First Amendment protection.
In this country, duly elected government through a legally constituted system of laws and the right of trial by a jury of one’s peers empaneled by this system and no other, to determine guilt or innocence, is supposed to be the only route to deprive one of life, liberty, or property. No religion has that authority in this country under our Constitution. For a religion to set itself up as having those powers is antithetical to the purpose of our Constitution and undermines the very foundations of our system of justice, since it was created specifically to protect the rights of the individual from the tyranny of any group that would deny them without Constitutional authority; whatever group that might be, up to and including the very government itself!
Freedom of religion can only exist in a nation where all men are created equal. That equality exists in the eyes of God. When a nation turns its back on that cornerstone of truth, it has turned its back on the God by Whose grace it came to exist.