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Freedom of Religion: Crash Course Government and Politics #24

Freedom of Religion: Crash Course Government and Politics #24

Today, Craig is going to take a look at the First Amendment and your right to freedom of religion. We’ll examine some significant Supreme Court decisions and talk about how they’ve affected our interpretations of the law with respect to stuff like animal sacrifice and prayer in schools. As you’ll see, there aren’t always clearly defined, or bright-line, rules in approaching legal questions. Sometimes tests have to be developed to account for the ever-changing nature of the law and it’s applications – so we’re talk about some of those too.

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  1. venture bullettrain321 on April 13, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    1:36 sacrifice this guy

  2. Ryan Zhao on April 13, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    im only here because of online school smh…

  3. Brian T Parent on April 13, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    and that all stems from Roger Williams’s Separation of Church and State to prevent governing powers from influencing scripture.

  4. timothy lines on April 13, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    then how would you explain theocracy.??

  5. Steve Carter on April 13, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Did you take a crash course in speaking very fast?

  6. Cam Stewart on April 13, 2020 at 5:19 pm


  7. St. Paul MN on April 13, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    The state is a religion

  8. Robert Ronning on April 13, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Should be freedom of belief act.

  9. melting pot meme on April 13, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Mind your P’s and q’s

  10. Entity Dragoness on April 13, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    my favorite part 5:55 but some of this might be violated

  11. Zhixin Liao on April 13, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Ha! Found a typo at 3:13……"Entaglement"

  12. this guys here on April 13, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    people shouldn’t have to make other people feel bad for what you believe in. or really any god you believe in. or gods. doesn’t matter how many. you shouldn’t have to feel bad for that. that is all. that is all from me.

  13. Adam B on April 13, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    1:16 That last part is literally impossible.
    "… nor does it write its laws based on any religious edicts.", because how can you write any law without determining right and wrong?

    You have to have a belief system in order to establish a moral code. Even atheism is a religion. But how do you determine right from wrong without God?

  14. Jew Shirls on April 13, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    In my experience conservatives are the only ones who ever attacked my religious freedom or freedom of thought, never liberals (even when I was a fundamentalist christian)

  15. Dawson Perkins on April 13, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Craig is like the literal best.

  16. Saachi Mittu on April 13, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    this video is sooo fast

  17. Angel Apolinar on April 13, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Craig: "…the totally non-controversial topic of Freedom Of Religion!"
    Subtitles: "…the totally controversial topic of Freedom Of Religion."

  18. Cam Stewart on April 13, 2020 at 5:30 pm


  19. ddale20 on April 13, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Religion holds a society together as long as it’s not extreme. When we believe in nothing, we worship man. That leads to people like Stalin and Hitler. It’s such a fine line to not push ideals on people, but a society has to have values and morals. And believe me, they can’t come from man, but from a higher power. That’s why the Constitution starts with ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are CREATED equal and that they are endowed by their CREATOR….can anything be more evident that they believed in a higher power?

  20. Joybree Gaming on April 13, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    What if we made same sex marriage part of a religon, would it be legal everywhere then?

  21. Chase Cragg on April 13, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    is it ok to desire freedom FROM Reliogion?

  22. magnum opus on April 13, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Stop sticking your religion in my peanut better … I chocolate 😏

  23. timothy lines on April 13, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    like it or not the cross is demonic .

  24. timothy lines on April 13, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    if you are for Christmas [the tree and the cross]??dream on sucker, or do you like the label pagan better?

  25. Anindo Mahmud on April 13, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    I consider freedom of religion to be an oxymoron. You are being granted freedom to subjugate yourself to a predetermined set of dogmas that will take away your ability to think freely. Religion is one worst forms of tyranny.

  26. Henry Korvus on April 13, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Great video. Professional, and objective.

  27. Bible Boy on April 13, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    John 14:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

    6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

  28. koi on April 13, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    not understanding the topic with an essay due:
    *resorts to crash course*

  29. Brian T Parent on April 13, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Of course, they were also called Pilgrims on The Mayflower.

  30. 6026961 on April 13, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Freedom of religion created Sharia Law

  31. Des Gardius 2012 on April 13, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.”

    —James Madison

  32. Chandra Cheng on April 13, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Well hot damn I’m FORCED to pray in my class everyday, and if i don’t i WILL BE FORCED, to go to the front of the class to pray OUTLOUD. Not to seem overly exaggerating, this actually happened, and in my country its legal, and its illegal to not have a religion

  33. Jonathan Mullins on April 13, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    I almost thought that he wasn’t gonna punch the eagle

  34. TypicalFlutist on April 13, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Look at what’s happened to society and the constitution regarding this. It’s like we have freedom of religion yet they don’t allow it in schools unless it’s private because someone might just be “offended.” That is WRONG, because we have that freedom and people don’t have to believe, but if you really think about what this idea has led to, I mean, the decline in religion has corresponded with a dramatic increase in divorce, drug/substance abuse, and other grueling things that people have to deal with or are affected by. It’s only going to get worse if we keep shunting God from society. Imagine your people who know that you’re the one that created them and then just rebel against that. That’s like bullying, or isolating someone. No shame on anyone who isn’t a believer but with society as a whole, it’s the belief that we can’t publicly express religion because of opposing ideas (which oppose the constitution as well). Anyone who is atheist, you’ve probably struggled with something or maybe you just want to not, but if you turn to God and Christ things will be a lot happier because I’ve been a lot happier :). No shame though, we all have freedom of religion. Just sharing my thoughts

  35. Dorae mon on April 13, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Politicians and religious master brainwashing will guarantee when your time come you will taste the real hell 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 , your angel,jibril,guardian,soul,all has eye witnessed in sky well you may say I’m liar but i dare your religious teacher,preacher don’t have third eye to view those angel ,my opinion everyone has own choosing today don’t push whatever they dislike

  36. Faith Music on April 13, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    The state cannot have an antagonistic view of my children’s faith, if it is mandatory for me to pay school taxes when buying a home. Give me a refund of my school taxes if they are going to violate my children’s religious freedoms in schools that way I can use that tax money to fund a school that will uphold my child’s constitutional freedom of religion.

  37. Alexander Wild on April 13, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Some schools try to sneak through it like in the case of my kids PE teacher she try to sneak in yoga and I would have none of it either my kid wasn’t taking yoga or they were asked to do something else

  38. Tanaka Marape on April 13, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    It was 5 loaves and 2 fish lol.

  39. Adam B on April 13, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Public schools are unconstitutional. And Atheism isn’t neutral.

  40. Cam Stewart on April 13, 2020 at 5:59 pm


  41. Cam Stewart on April 13, 2020 at 5:59 pm


  42. TX Kevin on April 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Somehow we let a lot of lawyers warp a pretty simple concept….. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". In other words, the federal government can not enact laws that either require adherence to a particular religion or punish anyone for a particular religion. Beyond that….the government should not interfere with religious practices and local religious choices that do not violate non religious laws. Somehow this became a strict separation where the government could not acknowledge, promote and participate in the religious lives of citizens. This somehow led to an agenda to impose an absence of religion…which seems to violate the amendment itself in "prohibiting the free exercise therof". Also, there evolved an idea that people have a right to an absence of religion. This is not stated anywhere in the amendment what so ever as atheism is not a religion and is not covered in any way in the amendment specifically dealing with religion. On the other hand, if Atheism is a religion, it should not be imposed by the Government under the Amendment. I think it that Government acknowledgement and even promotion of local religious traditions, practices and imagery is just fine and likely a benefit to our society. As long as this is democratically determined and there is no compulsion to attend or exclusion. If a community is Satanic, they should be able to petition their city or town leaders to display imagery or festivals on public land. If a school wants to hold a Christian prayer or students want to meet for a Muslim prayer group, the government under the amendment should only have to avoid requiring attendance or participation or punishing those who choose not to participate. Citizen’s hurt feelings or having to be subjected to the traditions and religious ideas of others should not be a concern of the federal government. Citizens can make these local changes themselves democratically with the election of their leaders if they are unhappy with the events, practices, imagery on public property that is paid for by the citizens. There is as much right to a freedom from religion as a vegan has to a freedom from meat. Freely choose not to partake of it….that is the extent of your right.

  43. Brian T Parent on April 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Of course, according to Smithsonian, Roger Williams was persecuted by The Roman Catholic church. Of course, I know that his great grand daughter’s husband, Reverend Valentine Wightman, was as well since I’m a descendant of Reverend Valentine Wightman’s brother, Reverend George Wightman (Baptist Encyclopedia) Puritans……Separatists they were called and for good reason.

  44. Isaac Brickman on April 13, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Crash Course should add a sports show

  45. jfsfrnd on April 13, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Yes you have Freedom of Religion. But you DON’T have Freedom of Religion to violate our laws.

  46. Cam Stewart on April 13, 2020 at 6:01 pm


  47. Gabe Quesada on April 13, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    who is this guy… where is John? John makes or breaks this channel.

  48. Brian T Parent on April 13, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Oh…I figured out who took over The United States from within. It took me 15 years to figure them out.

  49. Trueantitheist on April 13, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    You can’t have freedom of religion without freedom from it.

  50. Bruce Lee on April 13, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    You threw in prayers at school as if it was apart of your argument. This is not in the constitution, nor does the constitution imply such a thing. Prayer in school is not unconditional and has been grossly misused by the state to silence the church. The law protects the church from the state, not the other way around.