We hear frequent declarations that our religious freedom is being subverted in some way. Usually, such claims come from members or ministers of institutional Christianity. Is the real issue of religious freedom tied so irrevocably to institutional religion? Was the freedom envisioned by our founding fathers actually the freedom of religious institutions to operate without restraint and to exercise pervasive power over our society?
I seriously wonder if that was their concept of religious freedom. After all,
With that in mind, we might want to re-consider all the hubbub we hear out of the proponents of institutional Christianity about any abrogation of religious freedom. The only religious freedom that really counts is the personal variety. In order to enjoy that personal freedom, we needn't worry about the institution of religion. Such an institution is always powerful and sufficiently self assertive. The real freedom issue is the importance of protecting the religious freedom of the