Real Religious Freedom
In a constant bombardment and assault on the Constitution to gut the first amendment, the theocratic movement continues to complain about religious persecution and that this country needs to return to its Christian roots. They want laws passed to post the Ten Commandments in schools and on public property; to have taxpayer money pay for their religious-based schools, have creationism taught, have organized prayer a part of the school day and mandatory Bible readings as part of a common school curriculum. There is even a move to restore blasphemy laws, (but just ask them to tell you what the penalty would be!). Laws that if were ever passed would set our society back to the puritan days of religious intolerance.
Yet, how would the religious community react if Congress was to pass legislation requiring churches and other houses of worship to comply with these same laws that they want to apply to the public? Or laws directly affecting their freedom of religion. After all if these laws are good enough for our public schools, common squares and for us individually, why shouldn't they be good enough for the religious institutions including churches, temples, synagogues, and religious based schools as well. What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. If you're going to have a theocracy, you're going to have to have rules.
In view of this the following is a list of laws that should be enacted to ensure religious equality in all churches. The fact that there is ten of them is no coincidence since a law should be enacted to make sure Biblical numbers should be reflected in our daily doings. Such numbers as three, seven, ten, twelve, 14, 40, 144, ...you get the idea. But, first things first. In order to provide adequate oversight and administration of these laws concerning religious activities, Congress would also have to create the Bureau of Churches as a Cabinet Post and appoint a Secretary of Church Affairs, or as I would prefer, a Pythonese, "Minister of Ministries."
So, here are ten laws that Congress should pass. Call it the:
1. Require all churches to post the ten commandments where it is visible to the general public.
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