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  •  I think I should have a unicorn (1+ / 0-)
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    But that doesn't make it a protected belief. I do not, in fact, have a right to have a unicorn (or a pony, or even a cookie...).

    Plaintiffs argued that they wanted to be safe in church, and that such an action was therefore protected under religious freedom; the court simply found that said desire was never shown to be religious in nature and hence secular and outside of the scope of religious protections.

    IOW, it's not a formal belief system - it's just someone's opinion.

    And yes, if you're an Atheist and have vowed to drop your case rather than letting the courts decide that your views are in fact religious, then you don't have the protections of the First Amendment to cover your Atheism. This is akin to EST trainees who refuse to use the word 'problem' after their training because it connotes something in a way they don't want to think. The formal definition of the words 'problem' and 'religion' don't change just because you don't like them.

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 03:30:14 PM PST

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