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Submitted by Peter Herz (United States), Aug 31, 2016 at 09:48

Some of this goes all the way back to Church of the Holy Trinity v. US in the 1890's, in which a church in NY sued to allow the call of an English minister. This was refused on the grounds of a recent law which prohibited the import of foreign labor. In the Court's decision finding for the Church of the Holy Trinity, Chief Justice Brewer argued that the law intended to ban cheaper labor rather than the import of professionals, noted that the USA was a "Christian country" in the sense that its laws presupposed the Christian religion, and that nothing should be construed to prevent a church from calling a foreign-born minister (or a synagogue from importing a foreign-born rabbi). This has been extended in recent times to allow the immigration of numbers of Theravada Buddhist monks from SE Asia and, apparently, of imams from Muslim-majority countries.

I am not so sure that the First Amendment was adopted to ensure a kind of French "laicite" or secularism as much as it was adopted to keep the national government out of religious affairs and protect freedom of conscience for the citizen. This is an important consideration in an age in which we see both the importation of Sharia into American law on the one hand and a growing demand that all celebrate sexual preferences abhorrent to them on the other.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Singapore to repatriate problematic imam [22 words]PezDispenserApr 3, 2017 11:14238109
First Amendment [231 words]Peter HerzAug 31, 2016 09:48232050
An amazing article [50 words]Sohel BahjatAug 28, 2016 13:42231888
first article basic law of saudi arabia [49 words]RonAug 27, 2016 10:25231824
Hillary Will Veto This Bill [114 words]DaveAug 25, 2016 16:39231741
You betcha that VA Rep gerry connolly will vehemently oppose the bill. [20 words]MarkAug 25, 2016 10:14231737
,,, Mosques being built with Lottery funds [85 words]M.D. AnthonyAug 24, 2016 20:10231723
2Hypocrisy continues [91 words]PrashantAug 26, 2016 05:42231723
1Honors the Spirit of the Establishment Clause [105 words]
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AdamAug 24, 2016 10:44231687
1Funding and regulating religions is strictly a matter of the states, not the Federal Government [139 words]Michael SSep 9, 2016 03:47231687
Expand this legislation [50 words]David KoralAug 24, 2016 09:19231683
Brats's bill needs a great deal of work [270 words]James LuceAug 24, 2016 08:30231682
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stevenlAug 24, 2016 02:23231676
Pillars & Fundamentals [388 words]susana moskowitzAug 24, 2016 19:24231676
3Reminds me of the Ground Zero mosque... [67 words]LeslieAug 24, 2016 01:30231673
It's about time [31 words]Timothy HadleyAug 23, 2016 17:51231658
1Thanks for writing this article. [131 words]PrashantAug 25, 2016 01:23231658
Masajid [168 words]Iftikhar AhmadAug 23, 2016 14:36231648
Sharia law is being applied in G.Britain on local basis. [100 words]AlainAug 24, 2016 11:50231648
Why can't American Muslims fund American Mosques [219 words]John in Michigan, USAAug 24, 2016 14:00231648
2Congratulations, reader Iftikhar Ahmad [123 words]PrashantAug 25, 2016 01:12231648
3Dream on Mr Iftikhar Ahmed [50 words]dhimmi no moreAug 26, 2016 08:34231648
1sharia Laws [701 words]Iftikhar AhmadAug 27, 2016 12:00231648
2Advise from our dear Iftikhar about Sharia'a and breast feeding of the adult [40 words]dhimmi no moreAug 30, 2016 12:18231648
who says? [84 words]Mohammed Waza Khiddif id'UllahSep 15, 2016 05:51231648
2Islam is not the fastest growing religion [78 words]dhimmi no moreSep 17, 2016 11:41231648
1Ifthikar Ahmad's sole focus should be democracy in Islamic world [189 words]PrashantNov 28, 2016 14:45231648

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