What is freedom "from" religion anyway?

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    We have another ignorant assclown in our midst playing the same tired old bullshit melody that we have freedom of religion, but not freedom from religion.

    But don't let me bias your views. :eusa_angel:

    Can somebody tell me what freedom "from" religion means and how it differs from freedom "of" religion?

    I just make one simple request beforehand: Please do not submit a definition of freedom "from" religion that violates another person's freedom "of" religion. Because that's not a freedom at all, it's a bullshit strawman argument.

    Go.
     
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    freedom from religion... HELL.
     
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    hmm I will try.


    Freedom from religion means non discrimination of those who believe in a different religion than you do or even no religion at all.
    Just try letting a prospective employer in the south know you are an atheist.

    Or it could be not being allowed to open a certain kind of business because of zoning regulations dealing with proximity to a church.

    Or it could be having your tax dollars go to providing services to tax exempt churches.

    Or having religious morals leglislated by our government. No alcohol sales on sunday for one. I think most of the Blue laws are finally done for staying closed on sunday for other businesses.
     
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    So it basically means the same thing as freedom of religion.
     
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    Freedom from religion - having the freedom of choice to give up 'formal' religion while still having a relationship (or not) with God.

    Freedom of religion - having the freedom of choice of being able to partake in any religion you want.
     
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    Interesting take. But of course as you define it, I'm pretty sure that's covered by the 1st Amendment.

    The ignorant assclown that inspired this question claims we don't have a constitutional right to freedom from religion.
     
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    Nope it would be being exempt from religious morals based laws.
    Or descriminination because of no religion.
     
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    It means nothing. Freedom from _________, plug in anything you want, insurance, junk mail, fast food, whatever. Someone might say, "I have freedom from religion because I am an atheist." or, "I have freedom from religion because the government can't mandate religion."

    It's just a choice.
     
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    My tax money doesn't go to support some religion display, ceremony, etc.
     
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    That is something that is promised within the constitution until the government amends it. You or I can not amend it however only those chosen by the people can. We are just minor inconveniences that pay tax for the chosen to piss away.

    Well lets see, freedom from religion means that I will not be forced to adhere to someone else's beliefs if I do not subscribe to their way of thinking. Simple really You believe what you want and I am free to do the same and the government will stay out of it..

    Freedom of religion means you and I are both free to believe what we want and the government will not intervene either way..
     

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