Freedom of religion is now a misconception according to the American Family Association, a “pro-family” Christian group declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. In actuality, it is only Christians who have freedom of religion, if you go by the intentions of the founding fathers.
Bryan Fischer, the “Director of Issues Analysis” for the social conservative group the American Family Association, says that when it comes to Islam, the First Amendment is a privilege, not a right. “Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam,” Fischer wrote today.
“The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity. They were making no effort to give special protections to Islam. Quite the contrary,” Fischer wrote on his Renew America blog.
Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam. Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy. While there certainly ought to be a presumption of religious liberty for non-Christian religious traditions in America, the Founders were not writing a suicide pact when they wrote the First Amendment.
Although Fischer is being the most outspoken, it’s easy to see that he is not the only one who believes that religious freedom and the first amendment only applies to Christians. The application of conscience clauses from doctors to nurses to pharmacists and even busdrivers, or the desire for prayer in school or the 10 commandments in courtrooms prove that they believe in a limitless application of freedom of religion. But when the issue becomes a Muslim wanting to wear a headscarf against a dress code, or wanting a break for prayer or a refusal to take a customer who is carrying liquor in his or her baggage, then it is an attempt to impose sharia law in the United States.
Fischer, sadly, is only stating out loud what group of Christian advocates actually believe.
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