“Freedom of religion is also freedom from it”
Show me that in the US Constitution.
The religion clause of the first amendment is in 2 parts:
1 — Congress cannot pass a law saying ONE religion or sect is the sole accepted religious view in our country. (Congress cannot limit individual choice).
2 — Congress cannot pass a law prohibiting anybody from worshiping what or how they wish as long as the practice doesn’t infringe on other individuals’ rights of property, life, speech, religion, etc. Again, this clause says that congress shall make sure no laws will infringe upon this CHOICE.
If somebody sets up a Nativity on public property (or private property with the permission of the property owner), they have the choice to do so. Individuals have the right to look at it or not, believe the same or not.
There is no right in the US Constitution to “not be offended”.
I find this “Occupy movement” offensive. Yet I will acknowledge the right to gather peacefully to protest and petition for redress of grievances.
I find Ron Paul’s insults against the memories of the brave fallen heroes that served in Iraq to be offensive. I also find his gross ignorance on international affairs to be even more offensive, coming from an elected official serving in the federal government. By the US Constitution, he has a right to voice his ignorance and be offensive (as long as he doesn’t incite violence).
I find “truthers” like Charlie Sheen to be offensive in his ridiculous statements about the terrorist attacks against our country. He still has a Constitutional right to be a moron.
Christians have a Constitutional Right to celebrate Christmas and to decorate.
Jews have the right to light menorah.
Muslims have the right to walk around and beat themselves with barbed wire during Ashura’a (as long as they don’t beat anybody else and pay their own medical bills).
Druids have the right to decorate a tree, sing to the Holly King, then burn that tree (Yule log) during the final days of their festival.
Atheists have the right to look at the pretty things or ignore them.
Nobody has the right to tell another what to believe or restrict how they express those beliefs as long as doing so does not infringe on other people’s liberty. That liberty has nothing to do with being offended.