What defines religious practice? m

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What defines religious practice? m
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Tue, 06-22-2004 - 9:35pm
The topic is in the politically correct iVillage non"disruptive" format:

When people act following the example of the founder of their faith and the words in the books of their faith, in general, is every "act of faith" to be respected because it is an "act of faith" and under the U.S. constitution protected by freedom of religion e.g.:

John Walker Lindh-as a believer fought joined a religious war against the U.S.--should he have been arrested or were his actions protected under his free exercise of religion under the constitution?

The "militants" (PC term) who beheaded the South Korean Christian and the Americans, including Daniel Perle: President Bush characterizes these men/actions as barbaric. Are they barbaric or are they consciously acting in accordance with their religion:

"Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks ..." (Qur'an, Sura 47:4).

What is the appropriate response of a country that separates church and state to a group of people of a single religious faith who are attacking the people of that country based on religious grounds?



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Registered: 03-12-2004
Wed, 06-23-2004 - 4:24am
>>>What is the appropriate response of a country that separates church and state to a group of people of a single religious faith who are attacking the people of that country based on religious grounds?<<<

The Moslems citizens in this country are not attacking fellow Americans and are as equally appalled at the barbaric, yes barbaric, degenerate actions of those who call themselves Moslem.

I'm having a little difficulty understanding the question. What does separation of church and state have to do with these atrocities? The religion of these monsters is irrelevant. They will use anything, say anything, justify anything to affect a political victory. Our response? STOP THEM! - separation of church and state? I don't see it as an issue here.

I think I'm missing your point, if so, perhaps a little more explanation would help me better understand.


Gerry

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Wed, 06-23-2004 - 3:00pm
>>When people act following the example of the founder of their faith and the words in the books of their faith, in general, is every "act of faith" to be respected because it is an "act of faith" and under the U.S. constitution protected by freedom of religion e.g.:

The protection of religious freedom is not without certain restrictions. Even if your religion taught human sacrifice as a religious practice, you can't do that in this country.

Secondly, what constitutes the meaning of "the books of their faith" are up for debate.

Mary

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 07-04-2004 - 12:01am
We may disagree about many things on this board, but we all agree that religious freedom, religious tolerance, etc. is not a license to murder. Even the dictionary definition of religious tolerance states that criminal acts are not covered by this.