Article 12 – Religion

1. The purpose of this article is to protect followers of a religion against persecution or material intimidation that can be implemented in this life. Promises of reward or threat of calamity that manifest in a different, subsequent, or after-life, shall not be considered persecution or intimidation.

2. The American Universe fully subscribes to the freedom of the practice of religion by all as embodied in the U.S. Constitution, with one exception, which removes this liberty in its entirety: when the followers of a religion are taught or instructed by its doctrine to remove, compromise or encroach on any of the constitutional rights and privileges of others, when such followers are in dissent, it will be in violation of this Article. That means a religion cannot teach nor practice the infliction, or threaten to inflict harm, injury, or any other calamity in this life against any other U.S. Constitutionally protected individual. Dissidents must be at liberty to leave a particular religion without any fear or threat of harm, intimidation, injury, death, or damage in this life.

3. Nobody has a right to claim membership of a particular religion. Membership will be at the sole discretion of the religion’s authority.

4. Religious institutions with doctrines teaching the violations as laid out in Article 1 above, and upon refusal to rectify the violation, shall be considered as having willingly abandoned their status as a religious institution.

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