Wanting me dead is sort of interfering with my freedom, don’t you think?
And yes, there is a fine line. You’re talking about an extreme case, but most religious beliefs have a more moderate or indirect effect on the freedom of others. It’s not a black and white issue, where freedom of religion trumps the freedom of others every time, or vice versa.
For example, some people doctrinally disagree with homosexuality, but still support the right of people to live as they see fit. Others carry that belief further by trying to enact laws that restrict the rights of gays. And the extremists advocate capital punishment of gays. It’s not always easy to draw the line on this, or other issues where personal religious beliefs conflict with the rights of others.[/quote]
That has just as much to do with how one views religion, as it does with how one views “The State”.
Early Christianity was very effective at preaching that The State (at that time Rome), and the individual’s spirituality are separate realms. So I could be a fundamentalist whack-job who thinks gays will burn is hell forever, without voting for the guy who wants to burn them at the stake.
“The Dark Ages”, and the rise of a Christian theocracy in Europe really changed that, and turned what was originally a very personal religion, based on personal salvation, into something totally different.
I think the so-called Enlightenment (this is big for the USA) again tried to get away from that, and separate region from politics, but we’ve been going backwards again for the past 60 or so years.
I think it goes along with the sense people have these days, that they ought to be able to treat the entire world as though it’s their living room.