1-“Freedom of religion” is the opportunity to believe or not believe, practice or not practice, evangelize and proselytize, or change from one to another religion, denomination, church/temple/mosque, or none at all. It includes conscience and worship but is much more public. Authoritarian regimes the world over, including the Middle East and North Africa, often do not permit freedom of religion.
2-Yet unbelievably, today, the “First Amendment” of the US Constitution is under attack because some Americans, ironically in the name of tolerance, no longer subscribe to its ideals:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”
3-Do not let anyone tell you restricting these civil liberties – actually, I’d say inalienable rights – do not matter, for they are our “first freedoms,“ fundamental and essential to our present and future free society.