Originally Posted by petegz28
Okay, I think you took my "Freedom from religion" comment a little to literally. It was a figure of speech intended to imply that it seems that we are getting to the point where we are trashing religion from a legal aspect at every turn and therefore are actually violating the Constitution.
Well, I'm just speaking from strict constructuralist point of view. The government is the only entity that can coerce your opinion through legal penalty. That is what the 1st amendment is worded to protect. The government cannot force you to adopt a religious opinion or practice or preference. It can however, enact general welfare laws independent of you personal religious opinion. This is not a violation of the Constitution. Your ability to hold your opinion has not been violated. You are not penalized because you disagree. Disagreement with the law, however, is not supported legally by a difference of religious opinion.
You'll see it's all a show, keep 'em laughing as you go, just remember, the last laugh is on you, and always look on the bright side of life!