A unique freedom.

Author:Ross, James Robert
Position:Correspondence - Letter to the editor

Richard W. Garnett's otherwise excellent review of Religious Freedom and the Constitution (May) fails to explain precisely how religious freedom is unique among the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution--that religion alone among all mediating associations and institutions claims for itself an allegiance prior and transcendent to the loyalty demanded by the state. Indeed, that is the most obvious meaning of the phrase "under God" in the pledge of allegiance. Because one's religion makes claims upon a person that transcend loyalty to the state, the...

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