Is Religious Freedom an oxymoron?


Is Religious Freedom an oxymoron?

***Religion is a philosophy based on supernatural beliefs, which usually asserts that there is a god commanding members what to believe and how to behave. In short religion is a restraint on the human mind.

***Freedom is a philosophy based on using reason and science to better understand reality. Essentially it is a freedom from a restraint on the human mind.

Although, freedom from religion is wordy it is also more accurate. Religious freedom seems to confuse the message by incorrectly presupposing that there is freedom to chose between religions.

“But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God,” wrote Thomas Jefferson, an American patriot and defender of freedom, in 1782. In a letter written in August 1787 Jefferson wrote, “Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.”

Religion is a restraint on the human mind but freedom is the human mind unrestrained by arbitrary superstitions. Freedom from religion contains no incorrect presupposition. [1]

[1] Religious Freedom is Oxymoron:

‘Religious freedom,’ ‘liberty’ just ‘code words’ for intolerance,

– – Thursday, September 8, 2016

The chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said that ***“religious freedom” and “religious liberty” have become merely “code words” for intolerance, “Christian supremacy” and committing every form of identity-politics sin, and thus they must yield before anti-discrimination laws.

The remarks, released Thursday in a report on “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties,” is the latest example of an increasingly hostile reception in liberal circles to one of the six specified rights at the core of the First Amendment — the “free exercise” of religion.

“The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance,” said Martin R. Castro, a Chicago Democrat named USCCR chairman by President Obama in 2011.

*****“Religious liberty was never intended to give one religion dominion over other religions, or a veto power over the civil rights and civil liberties of others,” he said in the 307-page document.

At the heart of the “Peaceful Coexistence” report is a USCCR assertion that granting religious exemptions to nondiscrimination laws “significantly infringe” on the civil rights of those claiming civil rights protections on the basis of “race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.”

Among the document’s recommendations is the assertion that the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, “protects only religious practitioners’ First Amendment free exercise rights, and it does not limit others’ freedom from government-imposed religious limitations under the Establishment Clause.”

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