Religious Freedom and Secular Equality

The United States Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of religion.

We must affirm the right of each individual to the exercise of conscience and religion, while maintaining the constitutionally mandated separation of government and religion.

The federal, state, and local governments must remain neutral regarding religion.
We should call for:

  1. Ending discriminatory federal, state, and local laws against particular religious beliefs, and non-belief. The U.S. Constitution states that there shall be no religious test for public office. This requirement should apply to oaths (or affirmations) for holding public office at any level, employment at all government levels, oaths for witnesses in courts, oaths for jury membership, and the oath for citizenship.
  2. Prosecution of hate crimes based on religious affiliation or practice.
  3. Elimination of displays of religious symbols, monuments, or statements on government buildings, property, websites, money, or documents.
  4. Restoration of the Pledge of Allegiance to its pre-1954 version, eliminating the politically motivated addition of “under God.”
  5. Ending faith-based initiatives and charitable choice programs, whereby public funds are used to support religious organizations that do not adhere to specified guidelines and standards, including anti-discrimination laws.
  6. Ending school vouchers whereby public money pays for students in religious schools.
  7. Ending governmental use of the doctrines of specific religions to define the nature of family, marriage, and the type and character of personal relationships between consenting adults.
  8. Ending religiously based curricula in government-funded public schools.
  9. Ending the use of religion as a justification to deny children necessary medical care or subject them to physical and emotional abuse.
  10. Ending the use of religion by government to define the role and rights of women in our society.

Sources: Green Party

About mekorganic

I have been a Peace and Social Justice Advocate most all of my adult life. In 2022, I am again running for U.S. Congress in CA under the Green Party. This Blog and website are meant to be a progressive educational site, an alternative to corporate media and the two dominate political parties. Your comments and participation are most appreciated. (Click photo) .............................................. Paid for by Michael Kerr for Congress with Peace and Justice C00803577
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