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What is the Congress and Supreme Court's definition of religion?

bob 2012/08/06 15:30:39
The Supreme Court's definition of religion is extremely vague
The definition provided by Congress is equally vague
Could polygamy and gay couples be considered a religious tenet or duty
The Supreme Court's definition of religion is a problem has become more acute with the growth in the number of nontraditional religions, religious sects, and belief systems in American society
How about the complex New Age movement? Is it a religion? Bing that man can’t define GOD and that we all reincarnate and evolve.
How about the religion of science?
Business Corporations be a religion so the corporation is entitled to the tax exemption reserved for religious organizations and be exempt for labor laws.
The Supreme Court's definition of religion is ….
The Supreme Court's definition of religion is not …..
The Congress and Supreme Court do not have a meaningful definition of religion
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  • P. Sturm 2012/09/15 16:47:56
    Undecided
    P. Sturm
    I'm not sure. I've never needed to look it up.
  • Bill 2012/08/10 13:25:23
    None of the above
    Bill
    Who really cares what their definition of religion is??????
  • mind-pilot 2012/08/09 19:06:21
    The Supreme Court's definition of religion is extremely vague
    mind-pilot
    +1
    Greatly vauge. Otherwise people Jim Baker/ Tammy Baker/ Oral Roberts and the Flying Pizza Head religion would have never received tax-exempt status. Anybody can have a religion in this place.
  • JonDeniro 2012/08/09 17:58:44
    None of the above
    JonDeniro
    +1
    Whatever suits their agenda at the time.
  • baboula 2012/08/09 03:20:23
    The Congress and Supreme Court do not have a meaningful definition of religion
    baboula
    +1
    let us know when you find out what it is
  • ajracestables1 2012/08/08 02:41:50
    The Congress and Supreme Court do not have a meaningful definition of religion
    ajracestables1
    +1
    They just give the religions tax exemptions.
  • Walter Harris 2012/08/07 03:17:20
    The Supreme Court's definition of religion is ….
    Walter Harris
    +1
    money,money,money, yep that sums that up.
    money for their pocket
    money for them to spend regardless who pays for it
    money for their pet/pork projects
  • Nameless 2012/08/07 00:17:30
    None of the above
    Nameless
    +1
    WTF knows.
  • Centrist_Bill 2012/08/06 22:04:44
    The Supreme Court's definition of religion is extremely vague
    Centrist_Bill
    +1
    Way to vague for me. I mean come on scientology?? Give me a break.
  • Stan Kapusta 2012/08/06 21:29:50
    The Supreme Court's definition of religion is ….
    Stan Kapusta
    +1
    The Supreme Court's definition of religon is determined by who it is addressing and how many.
  • frank 2012/08/06 20:33:43
    None of the above
    frank
    Why don't you tell us Bob, you seem to be the expert (lol)?
  • no no 2012/08/06 20:32:38 (edited)
    None of the above
    no no
    There is no standard official definition.. perhaps having to meet the tax exempt status might be the closest that any group or sect or cult might come to being incorporated in any definition that could be vaguely disguised as a definition.
  • Bud 2012/08/06 20:28:48
    None of the above
    Bud
    +1
    Defining religion would subvert the first amendment to the Constitution because any religion outside the chosen definition would not be protected by that amendment. Religion is, and should remain undefined with no limits placed on its meaning.

    One of your better questions, Bob.

    Bud
  • gocar 2012/08/06 20:14:46
    Undecided
    gocar
    +1
    Each Justice has his or her own opinion and they do not talk as one body on the subject. I believe that the Founders were referring to the belief in a deity of any kind.
  • wale63 2012/08/06 19:58:54
    The Supreme Court's definition of religion is not …..
    wale63
    +1
    Our founding document ( Declaration of Independence) esatblishes a belief in a creator, that A god exists and rightly does not specify a preference for a particular expression of one.
    The FIRST AMENDMENT establishes that we have a freedom of religion NOT a freedom FROM religion AND we have a right to EXPRESS that and other speech on private AND public grounds.
    Andy
  • gocar wale63 2012/08/06 20:16:31
    gocar
    +1
    We do not however have the right in a publicly supported institution to give preference to only one view of a deity.
  • wale63 gocar 2012/08/06 20:47:09
    wale63
    The first amendment's function is only to prevent the government from establishing an official religion , like the Church of England.
    It never was designed to prevent individuals from expressing their religion on private OR public grounds.
    The majority of the populous has been, and continues to be, denominations of Christians. It is logical to assume that the expression of religion, for the most part would be Christian.
    If the religious makeup at the beginning of this country were evenly split, roughly, among five or six, then a different history of expression and tradition would have developed. But it didn't, wasn't and isn't.Those in the minority are free to express as well, only their expression will get drowned out by that of the majority, that being Christian. It's something the minority has to live with.
    Andy
  • bob wale63 2012/08/06 20:46:17
    bob
    +1
    The Declaration of Independence is not LAW. Religion in itself is undefined and yes we should have the right from religion. When I was in High school we were forced to listen to some idiot preacher daily. A Jewish student complained about it and got beat up due to that complaint. That really turned me off to religion. No body should be forced to listen to that garbage.
  • wale63 bob 2012/08/06 20:47:49
    wale63
    The first amendment's function is only to prevent the government from establishing an official religion , like the Church of England.
    It never was designed to prevent individuals from expressing their religion on private OR public grounds.
    The majority of the populous has been, and continues to be, denominations of Christians. It is logical to assume that the expression of religion, for the most part would be Christian.
    If the religious makeup at the beginning of this country were evenly split, roughly, among five or six, then a different history of expression and tradition would have developed. But it didn't, wasn't and isn't.Those in the minority are free to express as well, only their expression will get drowned out by that of the majority, that being Christian. It's something the minority has to live with.
    Andy
  • charles... wale63 2012/08/07 03:09:30
    charles nelson
    +1
    Sounds good to me, as long as we don't still drown witches.
  • bob charles... 2012/08/07 16:31:23
    bob
    Don't trust Christians, they have a history of violence
  • charles... bob 2012/08/07 18:03:03
    charles nelson
    ain't just Christians, Mostly Zealots of all faiths, I just said it, and I'll say it again, ask questions before you buy.
  • SoCalEx-Dem 2012/08/06 19:08:16
    Undecided
    SoCalEx-Dem
    I have no idea what the congress or the Supreme Court's definition of a Religion is, I am sure that it doesn't conform to the concept held by the majority of our citizens.
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/08/06 18:50:46
    None of the above
    jackolantyrn356
    +1
    I would go back to the Fouinding Father's concepts. Whatever it ios the Government cannot promote. or work against. The Government has increasingly been hostile to the Christians since 1942. And the rise of the Muslim under Obama is also a unconstitutional thing
  • bob jackola... 2012/08/06 20:48:09 (edited)
    bob
    No the Government has not been hostile to Christians, They followed the will of the people and the constitution. As time goes on The Christain mythos will dissapear
  • Centris... jackola... 2012/08/06 22:09:35
    Centrist_Bill
    You obviously dont know jack about this issue. However since you are OLD and losing brain cells let me give you this little tidbit. Its a little thing called the separation between Church and State. Ill await your rebuttal IF you have one.
  • Horace 2012/08/06 18:33:23
    The Supreme Court's definition of religion is extremely vague
    Horace
    +1
    I have studied the American definition of religion in comparison to others and it is indeed extremely vague, America is for example one of the few countries in the Western world who will call in so called "religious authorities" to testify on a court case about whether what someone has done is indeed a representation with the wider religious norms or just what someone's beliefs of those norms. Ironically this because America is one of the few countries on earth which feels the need to define and legislate religion because of its policy of separation of church and State rather than embracing religious tolerance.
  • Sport_Geoff 2012/08/06 16:01:25
    Undecided
    Sport_Geoff
    +1
    Judging from recent legislation and rulings it may be............

    obama is the messiah
  • JMCC 2012/08/06 15:44:59
    Undecided
    JMCC
    +1
    No idea ;)

    But in the UK the definition is simple, If a 150,000+ people declare themselves to be of a certain religion in official documentation (birth certificates, passport, national census, voter registration etc.) then it is a religion.

    There was a campaign two censuses ago to have Jedi recognised as an official religion...

    It was successful!!

    facepalm
  • bob JMCC 2012/08/06 16:24:27
    bob
    +1
    hee hee hee hee
  • JMCC bob 2012/08/06 16:27:33
    JMCC
    +1
    "In England and Wales 390127 people (almost 0.8%) stated their religion as Jedi on their 2001 Census forms"

    There is even a website.....

    http://www.jedichurch.org/

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