Of is Not From

That title alone for this post should confuse anyone of sound mind, but read on and it will make sense.

I got a comment today that said the First Amendment may give me freedom of religion, but at the same time it gives them freedom from religion. ‘Freedom of religion’ and ‘Freedom from religion’ are not complimentary terms and therefore not interchangeable. Where ‘of’ is an enabler, ‘from’ is a restrictor in this sense. This easily understood by interchanging religion with thought, movement, speech, etcetera.

Freedom of thought is not the same as freedom from thought. The first is the ability to think whatever you want and the second is the absence of thought altogether.

Freedom of movement is not the same as freedom from movement. The first is the ability to move as you please, the second puts you in a solitary state.

Freedom of speech is not the same as freedom from speech. Once again, the is the ability to say whatever you want, where the second is silence.

The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” That means the government can make no law establishing a state religion, nor prohibiting people from exercising their religion. If a person chooses not to personally worship, so be it, but that person would still have to accept those around him/her who choose to be faithful.

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I am the Rural Iowegian of www.ruraliowegian.wordpress.com a published author and an award winning photographer. I use this space to speak my mind. God Bless.
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