Redefining Rights

If you’re immigrating to the United States and taking your citizenship exam (however many years later you’re actually allowed to do it!), you’ll be pleased to learn that you are guaranteed the right to freedom of worship rather than freedom of religion in the United States.  We are guaranteed the “free exercise” of religion, not simply the right to privately gather for religious services.

Freedom of worship is a dangerous misnomer, because it isn’t worth nearly as much as freedom of religion.  What we’re guaranteed is freedom of religion, no matter how inconvenient that may be (and it has always, to one degree or another, been inconvenient for somebody.  That’s the point of the freedom).

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