Are State-Sponsored Religious Freedom Restoration Acts Simply a Fig Leaf for Anti-Gay Discrimination? Democratic Perspective reconsiders the Establishment Clause of the Constitution’s First Amendment, the history of religious conflicts in Europe and elsewhere in the world, and more generally, the relationship of religion and the state in theory and in practice. Fundamentalists may believe that some people are more equal than others, but history suggests that a democratic state which enacts such beliefs into law risks civil conflict, even civil war. Is this what we really want?
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