April 1, 2015

100 Words -- Indiana Finds Religion

We sometimes forget that the First Amendment is as much about freedom FROM religion as it is freedom OF religion. The mess in Indiana began with a 1990 Supreme Court case involving two Oregon men seeking to be exempt from laws against smoking peyote, claiming it was part of their religion. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that society would be "courting anarchy" to create exceptions every time a religious group claimed that a law infringed on its practices. Politicians couldn’t wait to jump on the “preservation of religion” bandwagon. For once, Scalia seems to have gotten it right the first time.

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