Homeschooling is neither "licentious" nor "inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State." Therefore the Longs do indeed have a constitutional right to practice their religion without interference from the California state authorities."CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE 1 DECLARATION OF RIGHTS
SECTION 4Free exercise and enjoyment of religion without discrimination
or preference are guaranteed. This liberty of conscience
does not excuse acts that are licentious or inconsistent with
the peace or safety of the State. The Legislature shall make
no law respecting an establishment of religion.
A person is not incompetent to be a witness or juror because
of his or her opinions on religious beliefs."
Monday, March 3, 2008
Freedom of Religion Guaranteed by CA Constitution
I've seen a couple of different bloggers question whether the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is applicable to the Long case, given the issue of states' rights and whatnot. One of them is Joseph Knippenberg of the Ashbrook Center blog "No Left Turns" and the other being a blog I don't feel is appropriate for linkage given that it has a "restricted to adults" warning and content many of my readers would likely find objectionable. So for all you doubters out there, it is not just the U.S. Constitution that guarantees Californians the free exercise of religion but *ALSO* the state constitution: