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  1. “Religious freedom is not solely focused on protecting certain Christian traditions or beliefs. Religious freedom is not about us individually. It is about all of us.”

    This is so important, Chelsea. Thank you for writing this and helping us to understand.

  2. What happens if you take this statement, “People of all faiths and of no faith should all be free to live in accordance to their moral convictions in all parts of their lives”, to it’s end? There are many people in the U.S. who are morally convicted in regards to issues that directly contravene American law and our Judeo-Christian traditions.

    1. “Judaeo-Christian traditions” (e.g. male genital mutilation) hardly represent a unity of agreement and have no special standing above any other religious tradition in the US, so that is neither here nor there. Minorities whose moral and religious beliefs lead them into practices that violate the law have always generated unnecessary hand-wringing. Where this occurs everyone involved has to work through it and change a little. For example, many people from around the world practice arranged marriages and sometimes marry couples where one or both are very young by our contemporary standards. Through a mix of judicious law enforcement, careful social work, charitable outreach, and good old melting pot assimilation we eventually work things out. (Example: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/08/06/hmong-leaders-seek-legalize-cultural-weddings/31258453/)

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