United States Constitution: Religious Freedom … by Alice ..

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  • The First Amendment to the United States Constitution
  • The Basic Principles of Sikhism

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Here are a few stories to do with religious tolerance and freedom of religion …

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THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION

“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; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (1)

THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF SIKHISM

Here are the basic principles of the Sikh religion:

  • securing justice for humankind, whether social, political, economic, or religious
  • safeguarding the fundamental rights of humankind
  • protecting the saints; uprooting the wicked
  • guaranteeing dignity and equality for all humankind
  • maintaining peaceful co-existence among all religions

Their principles caused the Sikhs to fight against the Mughal Regime in India, as it was violating human rights and causing massacre of the innocent. The upshoot was the establishment of a sovereign, independent Sikh State.

The Sikhs had come into contact with these Afghan and Mughal invaders as the invaders passed through the Punjab … the Sikh homeland … on their way to invade Delhi, India. The Sikhs were greatly outnumbered, but their spirits were aligned with God’s plan for Earth. Their noble cause was based on social and moral responsibility toward humankind. And so, they were willing to lay down their lives for their God. The resultant struggle and victory is an uplifting example for all the world.

–adapted from http://americanpunjabinews.com/files/Chapter-7.pdf

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FOOTNOTE

(1) Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Constitution_of_the_United_States,_page_1.jpg … “This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code.”

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