Deep question--at least for me. Tell me what you think.
Is there such a thing as "the right to freedom from religion"?
Is it a realistic expectation?
Is it, indeed, a right?
Do people have the right to live in a United States that is completely free from religion, religious overtones, and religious influence?
What brought this on, you ask?
A couple of the online home school groups that I am part of are exploring their own eclecticism and trying to arrive at that seemingly unavailable place called "happy medium" for everyone. It's not working out so well, frankly.
There are those in one group who do not believe in any religion and do not want any references made to faith, religion, beliefs, etc to be part of the group discussions. They are living a religion-free life and want the group to be religion-free as well. It's as if any reference to anything religious is offensive. While I do respect the right of a person to choose not to believe in a religion, I don't think this is a very realistic expectation to place on a group that is comprised of home schoolers of all types. It seems similar to being offended by the very existance of a church building on the corner. Does the fact that you find something "offensive" negate it's right to be? Hardly.
I find certain foods offensive...so I don't eat them.
I find certain music offensive...so I don't listen to it.
I find certain clothing choices offensive...so I don't wear them.
Movies--don't buy a ticket.
I find rudeness offensive...so I try not to be rude.
I find immodesty offensive...so I try to avoid places where it is prevalent.
These are things I would not tolerate in myself, for myself or my children, but that is where my "rights" stop. I don't impose my food choices on every other Publix patron. That's laughable. I don't expect Publix to alter their fruit selection to exclude blueberries just because I don't like them, even to the point of detesting them. Seriously, I hate fresh blueberries. They give me unexplainable creeps...but I walk right by them every time I visit. As an adult, I understand that my "rights" do not outweigh the rights of others. I do not expect to live in a completely offense-free zone. I find that extremely unrealistic.
Honestly, I think the expectation that one can live a life that is completely free of anything religious is absurd. You have the right to govern yourself--your choices,where you go, what you do, your children, etc. However, you do not have the right to expect to live in a completely non-offensive world. I say if something somewhere isn't offending you, you need to check your pulse. We each make our own choices. If you don't want religion, don't participate in it, but don't expect everyone else to alter their existance for your sensitivities.