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Should Religion be above the law in some cases? spin-off

Posted by on May. 28, 2012 at 5:31 AM
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A quote from another thread:

Religion is above the law in some cases.  No church should be forced to obey a law that goes against its fundamental beliefs.

Do you agree or disagree?  Why?

by on May. 28, 2012 at 5:31 AM
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Livinwith3boys
by on May. 28, 2012 at 5:34 AM
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Disagree...whose to say that a new religion comes about, for the purpose of being "above the law" What one person believes in spiritually or otherwise, shouldn't effect the rights of citizens, to have equality among everyone...

matreshka
by Gold Member on May. 28, 2012 at 7:37 AM
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One consideration is now you can go to a website and with a few clicks get a legally upheld "ordination" in the "Universal Life Church"  many people do this to make whatever scam they have, getting non-profit status, being a psychic etc some legitimacy.  People like this should not use religion to be above the law.

Yet there was a SCOTUS decision on the Native American Church which upheld their use of peyote, an illegal substance.  This I agree with because it was protecting their rights of time honored ritual.

But is time honored ritual the only thing that should be protected?  Shouldn't new legitimate sincere ritual be protected as well?

Finally, no religious organization should be able to deny the rights of the individual, whether they are a member of said church or not.  And here is where I think the Catholic contraceptive issue comes into hand.

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on May. 28, 2012 at 9:06 AM
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No

Not even once

No one person or institution should be above the law
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Mamawto4
by Bronze Member on May. 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM
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 You have asked the question in a backward manner.  Rather, it should be asked, "Should laws be written that trample religious freedom?".

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on May. 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM
No religious freedOm has been trampled

Except for Muslims in some states with Sharia law bans



Quoting Mamawto4:

 You have asked the question in a backward manner.  Rather, it should be asked, "Should laws be written that trample religious freedom?".

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shimamab
by on May. 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM
And Mormons with the polygamy laws...

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

No religious freedOm has been trampled



Except for Muslims in some states with Sharia law bans







Quoting Mamawto4:

 You have asked the question in a backward manner.  Rather, it should be asked, "Should laws be written that trample religious freedom?".

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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on May. 28, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Yes!

Quoting shimamab:

And Mormons with the polygamy laws...



Quoting sweet-a-kins:

No religious freedOm has been trampled





Except for Muslims in some states with Sharia law bans











Quoting Mamawto4:

 You have asked the question in a backward manner.  Rather, it should be asked, "Should laws be written that trample religious freedom?".

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alexsmomaubrys2
by on May. 28, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Never.

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by Guerilla Girl on May. 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

 No...

Let me give an example: One religion, right here in the USofA, a Christian denomination, believes that girls as young as 12 years old should be married to older men, sometimes and often relatives, who are chosen by the church elders. The elders also have the power to dissolve that marriage for whatever reason and then "re-assign" the girl to another man. This was part of their religious practice, as they interpret the Word of God through their prophets.

This practice was broken up by a State gov't and the leader of the church sent to jail. The State gov't took power over that religious practice.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Jeffs

Was this the right decision folks?


new2this09
by on May. 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Disagree. Regardless of religious beliefs, those are supposed to be separate from the government. Religion is usually a cop-out for not obeying a law. Usually. People who have different religious beliefs shouldn't be penalized by having to obey certain laws, while others get away with evading them in the name "religion." Give me a fucking break.

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