4. When we look at the harm being done by others in the name of religion, shouldn’t we be talking about limiting religious freedom and not protecting it?
No. While some bad people masquerade in the name of religion, that’s no reason to abandon religious freedom—just like bad speech is no reason to abandon freedom of speech. A host of studies show the value of religion to society. What’s more, religious freedom isn’t only for religious people. It protects all of us by giving everyone—religious or not—room to determine for ourselves what we think and believe, and then to live according to our core beliefs. That’s the essence of our democracy.