Is Religion Special?


  • Michael McConnell
Publish Date:
November 20, 2011
Publication Title:
Deseret Morning News, November 20, 2011
Op-Ed or Opinion Piece
  • Michael W. McConnell, Is Religion Special?, Deseret Morning News, November 20, 2011.
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The framers of our Bill of Rights thought that religious freedom deserved double-barreled protection. Americans would have the right of “free exercise” of their chosen faith, and government was forbidden to foster or control religion by means of an “establishment of religion.” Today, an increasing number of scholars and activists say that religion is not so special after all. Churches are just another charity, faith is just another ideology and worship is just another weekend activity.