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Discussion 1 to Ask the Patriarch 82
California's Religious Exemption

by Rev. Eric

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It is my strongest belief that the "religious exemption" exists in California only to ensure that the law does not violate the constitutional protection of the freedom of religion. Though it may or may not exist, and only a court challenge will tell, the legislators of California probably imagined that it would happen and put in that religious exemption not because religious groups ought to have more rights than union groups, but because they are specifically protected under the US Constitution.

However, we must remember that the US Constitution equally protects the freedom to peacable assembly; in fact, it is in the same place as is the freedom of religion - the first amendment.

However, I could only imagine that if this law were constitutionally tested, that it would be struck down since the freedom to peacable assembly implies that one has a choice in the matter, and the law forces assembly upon people.