Topics: Human rights, First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Law Pages: 1 (673 words) Published: December 16, 2012
Constitution Current Events
Constitution Portfolio #6
http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/7645-burmese-govt-maintains-restrictions-on-religious-freedom-us.html After reading this article about religious restrictions in Burma, I found it ironic how in the U.S., we have a Constitution to protect our freedoms, but in Burma and many other countries, everything that is said and done is controlled, monitored, or restricted by the government. Throughout the course of four to six months, the government has been easing on restrictions on what can and cannot be preached or advertised in Saint Emmanuel Baptist Church near Rangoon, Burma. Although the government has passed a law to protect the freedom of assembly and procession and provided greater access to ethnic minority areas for U.S. officials and organizations, religious activities were subject to restrictions on freedom of assembly, expression, and association. Also, the government continued to restrict the efforts of Buddhist clergy to promote human rights and political freedom. The government was not putting restrictions over the religion for no reason, though. They were actively spreading Theravada Buddhism, mainly towards the Christian society. Although there were no forced conversions of non-Buddhists, the government forbade the use of Christian orphanages and used and built more Buddhist orphanages instead. People’s rights are being violated in this situation because according to the First Amendment, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. In Burma, the rights of the people are being compromised for what the government wants, and not what the people favor. In the U.S., this would be highly unacceptable because it violates the Constitution, the laws that are made to protect...
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