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Should There Be Religious Exemptions To The Law?
There should not be religious exemptions to the law.
Exemptions should not be absolute, as it depends on which laws are being defined.
If a law can be subverted for religious reasons, the law should be changed to allow non-religious people to operate in the same manner as their religious counterparts.
Law should judge everyone equally.
Religious exemption apply when there isn't a compelling state interest (health and safety during an epidemic) that must be met. That's enough reason to violate freedom of religion.
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Laws are created to protect our society and so if we create religious exemptions to our laws then we are not protecting our society but instead creating precedent for overruling any law that goes against our individual core beliefs.
For citizens in the US, this violates the
: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion".
Religion is arbitrary. What is acceptable by one religion may not be acceptable by another one and only laws made without using religion as it's basis can offer true freedom.
Religious exemptions are eventually extended to all, which creates a more open and tolerant society.
Exemptions help the state avoid unnecessary confrontations with its citizens.
Religious law and civil law are not mutually exclusive.
Religious exemptions arise when the law compels people to do something many do not want to do. The exemptions are an acknowledgement that other forces also compel people's actions creating unresolveable conflict.
Adherence to the law in secular governments should be dictated by secular ideals.
Freedom of religion and conscience is a fundamental human right which no ruler, representative or monarch, can abrogate.
This makes it possible for the government to harass certain religions.
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