Excellent paper. Thanks for posting. Although I don't consider myself a Satanist, I find it interesting how the Satanic Temple's legal status as a church has enabled it to test the legal boundaries of religion in the U.S. - in unexpected and provocative ways.
Bigger picture: we don't really have ANY rights since the government in power can suspend or remove them at will. Ask the Japanese US citizens who were rounded up and placed in concentration camps during WW II how much Constitutional protection they had. Enter a US military base - Constitution doesn't apply. Want to avoid unwarranted search & seizure? Don't try to get on an airplane. The preamble talks about our inalienable rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Got that? Life - what about capital punishment or sending troops to kill civilians overseas? Liberty - Think of all the things you can't do. Every law is passed to prevent someone from doing something. If no one was doing that action, no law would be needed. Happiness? Even when my pursuit of happiness risks only me, it is often illegal - building codes, drug laws, lifestyle choices.
Don't get me wrong - I absolutely believe that laws are essential for a functioning civilization and do not support living in anarchy. However, we have no inalienable rights. We have no regular vanilla rights, either. We are protected (endangered) by what is currently in vogue with whatever government is in charge.
And I might add: Ruin the lives of gay teens with conversion therapy? Sure. Traumatize youngsters with scenes of eternal Hell? Yup - sounds good. Kill protesters who are, in your opinion, immoral? Yeah, they were trouble makers. Kill doctors and moms because of abortion while simultaneously demanding the death penalty as punishment? Inconsistent, but approved anyway. Religious freedom that supports government's own purposes is legal, religious freedoms contrary to government wishes are banned.
US law is what the fight is about, Pence made it clear he doesn't approve of anyone holding Christians accountable for their bull shit.
Under Trump everyone will get along fine if we all just bend the knee.
Trump has to be voted out, it doesn't look like COVID-19 will do what we needed it to do, too bad.
It's a good read, but under it all, completely maddening that we spend so much time over mythologies that have yet to be proved.
I mean, if we can have a Muslim travel ban, why don't we have a travel ban on Christians too? Oh, cause this is Murica and we be a Christian nation....ugh....