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    Does the US First Amendment apply equally to all religions in the US or not?

    Simple yes or no, if not could you please enlighten a non-US citizen on the reasons why some followers of religions in the US should not have the same religious freedoms as others.

    Oh - and if I got the wrong Amendment, I mean the one about freedom of religious expression.

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    Re: Does the US First Amendment apply equally to all religions in the US or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos View Post
    Simple yes or no, if not could you please enlighten a non-US citizen on the reasons why some followers of religions in the US should not have the same religious freedoms as others.

    Oh - and if I got the wrong Amendment, I mean the one about freedom of religious expression.
    Yes the first amendment applies equally to all religions.
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    Re: Does the US First Amendment apply equally to all religions in the US or not?

    Please enlighten this USofA citizen- which religions don't get the same 'freedoms'???

    A religion devoted to human sacrifice doesn't get a great deal of religious freedom in this country....

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    Re: Does the US First Amendment apply equally to all religions in the US or not?

    All religions should enjoy the same freedoms. Some adherents breaking the law does not cause people who have not broken the law to lose any rights.
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    Re: Does the US First Amendment apply equally to all religions in the US or not?

    It is a complicated question as to whether Atheism should be considered a religion, especially in certain contexts. But in some states atheists are banned from holding higher elected offices, and as far as I know, the Supreme Court has (passively) chosen to let that stand.

    In the USA, religions that call their deity "God," perform Christian style prayer ceremonies and observe the Christmas holiday receive governmental recognition that other religions do not. Those religions are supported by slogans on currency, official prayer ceremonies in legislative assemblies, a phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance, a holiday, and tax payer funded Chaplins in many institutions including the military, public hospitals, and fire and police departments. (in some cases non-Judeo-Christian chaplins are also provided]

    De Facto, the legal religious hierarchy in the USA is:
    1. Christianity (privileges]
    2. Judaism (support of their god and prayer rituals]
    3. All other religions except Islam (tolerance]
    4. Islam (some De Facto oppression]
    5. Atheists/Agnostics etc. (some legal oppression]
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    Re: Does the US First Amendment apply equally to all religions in the US or not?

    It depends on what you mean. Does it, in theory, provide the same protections to all religions? Yes. Does it, in practice, do so? Not really and certainly not if you listen to the most religious people who are convinced that it only protects them and everyone else can take a long walk off a short pier.
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    Re: Does the US First Amendment apply equally to all religions in the US or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by notquiteright View Post
    Please enlighten this USofA citizen- which religions don't get the same 'freedoms'???

    A religion devoted to human sacrifice doesn't get a great deal of religious freedom in this country....
    Organized accepted religions...
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    Re: Does the US First Amendment apply equally to all religions in the US or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Yes the first amendment applies equally to all religions.
    Well it's supposed to, but in practice in many states, even most states, it's application is clearly weighted on the side of Xianity.
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    Re: Does the US First Amendment apply equally to all religions in the US or not?

    Rastafarians are not allowed their sacrament. I voted no.

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    Re: Does the US First Amendment apply equally to all religions in the US or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Rastafarians are not allowed their sacrament. I voted no.
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