"The first amendment to the United States constitution begins, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”
"Fast forward almost 250 years and religious freedom is one of the most pressing issues in American culture today.
"Religious freedom is more than the “freedom to worship” at a synagogue, church, or mosque. It means people shouldn’t have to go against their core values and beliefs in order to conform to culture or government.
"Religious freedom protects people’s right to live, speak, and act according to their beliefs peacefully and publicly. It protects their ability to be themselves at work, in class, and at social activities. "
Religious Freedom is the bedrock of the American experience. American was founded by people fleeing religious persecution in Europe and has always opened her arms to those fleeing oppression.
Freedom of religion is fundamental to freedom of belief. American has always been home to free thinkers and those who encourage peaceful change through the exchange of ideas.
Because a religious belief isn't popular doesn't mean it should be ignored or that religions should be at the mercy of Government thought police.
Freedom of religion as identified in the Constitution means just that - freedom.