Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 3 years ago

religion and spirituality did the federal court of the United States rule that atheism for the purpose of legality is a religion?

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    adopted a broad definition of “religion” that includes non-theistic and atheistic beliefs, as well as theistic ones.   Thus, in Torcaso v. Watkins, 367 U.S. 488, 81 S.Ct. 1680, 6 L.Ed.2d 982, it said that a state cannot “pass laws or impose requirements which aid all religions as against non-believers, and neither can [it] aid those religions based on a belief in the existence of God as against those religions founded on different beliefs.”  Id. at 495, 81 S.Ct. 1680.   Indeed, Torcaso specifically included “Secular Humanism” as an example of a religion. The answer is yes I have cited the Supreme Court decision right here.

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