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The First Amentment is more constrained by federal policy, than by Islam

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Submitted by Michael S, Mar 21, 2017 at 00:46

Hi, Moh

Actually, the First Amendment's greatest weakness is in the "establishment" cause. I doubt that the framers of the Constitution, in their wildest dreams, envisioned a federal government with its tentacles in so many places. If the feds so much as mention religion nowadays, they can, with justification, be accused of trying to "establish" a religion; because federal tax dollars are being used to subsidize all these bureaucracies; and the use of tax dollars in support of an institution (such as the EPA) can be construed as the "establishment of a religion" if that institution mentions "God", "the Bible", "prayer" or any such thing.

Concerning the "free exercise" clause, I think our government has been fairly consistent in prosecuting (of not prosecuting) "hate speech", and other abuses of free exercise. The amendment allows plenty of leeway in that matter.

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