Which translates directly into freedom FROM religion. The government should not tell you religions you can and cannot follow and the government should not endorse any religion. There should be no religion bias by the government, even holding bias for religion over non-religion. Our government has fallen for that, even though our founding fathers were not religious the government loves to claim they were.
I notice there's a double standard in today's American society. Whenever someone comes out as gay or atheist, or decides to abort their baby, etc. everyone applauds them. BUT when someone says they're a Christian, it's all like, "Keep your opinions to yourself! No one wants you to wear your religion on your sleeve! You'll offend others!"
If you can't let me have my freedom of speech, and freedom to worship as I please, then I'm offended. As long as religious people aren't shoving it down other people's throats. There is a difference between shoving down their throats and spreading it. There isn't anything wrong with the latter as far as free speech is concerned. After all, in America, people can talk about anything they want except religion.
Religion is not the problem. It's the people that tend to mess it up. Religion is a higher set of ideals and morals to live by if you choose to do so, and an integral part of it is community, and inclusion especially in our modern society.
"Even though I don't believe in God ... If someone said, 'We're banning religion,' I'd march to not have it banned because it's your right to believe what you want, and it's your right to be wrong. And I'll fight for that right,"- Ricky Gervais.
He couldn't said it better!
Freedom is a necessity in every country, the fact that it is for something illogical is not the point. Unfortunately there are multiple countries who believe their religions adapted by the state are the only way i..E. Saudi Arabia. We as a world population have a long way to go, and the more freedom will lead to the eventual end of oppression.
People have the right to believe or not too in whatever they wish. As long as it isn't thrust upon others when it's not welcomed. Freedom of personal belief and free inquiry must be essential for a healthy society. However a belief must remain personal to an individual or group that chooses to participate and follow a belief never forced or manipulated.
Part of religious freedom is the freedom of any belief of any ideology. To say that people must believe a single idea is the same as stating that everyone must believe that same scientific hypothesis in science. To deny a right to religion, even if we hate that religion, is a direct violation of peoples right to express themselves and denies that freedom to live their own life, subject to government in which they live.
I'm not saying that religious freedom is bad, but it allows for the simple minded people to access something that is far beyond their possible range. If you look at the United States, many older and/or dumber followers of Christianity want gay marriage banned throughout the U.S. and some even protest against the act. I believe that religion is an important part of all culture, but it should be limited to those who either need something to keep them faithful in the world or those who are intelligent enough to understand the ideas but not take sacred texts written many decades ago as a way to live completely
There are states like the Holy See, which base their entire government off of one religion. These are states that are religious states and based off of one religion, so their citizens can't really have the freedom of choosing whatever religion they want. On the other hand, most nations, including the U.S., don't have governments based on one religion, so citizens of those states deserve the freedom of religion. Many of the US founding fathers were Christian, and many Christian principles are in the Constitution, but that doesn't make us a religious state because we aren't based on one religion. The Holy See on the other hand has it's entire government centered around Catholicism, so it is a Catholic state. The US is not a Christian state because it's entire government is not based on Christianity. So, the citizens of most states deserve religious freedom, but citizens of states like the Holy See that base their entire governments off of one religion can't really have the freedom to choose their religion.