Religion: Ominous Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision last week that directly affected only a small, freakish religious sect, but indirectly affected nothing less than freedom of conscience.

The court ruled, 5-to-4, that religious freedom, along with free speech and a free press, can be limited, despite the Bill of Rights, "to times, places and methods . . . not at odds with the preservation of peace and good order." In the three cases up for decision, the Court ruled that Jehovah's Witnesses (a band of religious zealots who do most of their proselyting...

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