While I'm sure you will get so many responses,both short, and book length,,,,I figured I'd shout out an opinion, not that they are often listened to here...but...
In my humble opine, there are as many governmental labels to describe "religious rights, as there are religions, not just the three you've listed....someone will always try to push their beliefs onto others, it's the nature of the beast.
No matter what stand is taken, as it pertains to the government,,,they still try and push us into a neat little herd.
I.E. Passing rules that the 10 commandments can't be displayed in a courthouse and no prayer in school.
While, as person that leans toward the dark side, I personaly have no use for christianity or it's beliefs, I am, and always have been, a firm believer in the freedom of religion,,,,be it lil Jonny giving a moments silent prayer before the start of the school day, a Whirling Dirvish, or the fella that treks into his house of worship on holidays......
This country was pretty well founded by folks bailing from other countries, to follow thier beliefs in peace, without the finger of government pushing them the way they see fit.
I guess all's I'm trying to say, in my none too elloquent way is...the self claimed labels the big fellas sport mean diddly, cause, in the end, one way or another, they all try to push a belief on us all, even if it's the simple act of pushing others to change their views to give us the freedom of ours.
Thanks for listening,,,hope I didn't offend anyone with my rambling.
[This message has been edited by Michelle_loves_Mike (04-01-2005 07:50 AM).]