My mom texted me to come back and said, "they will close religion!" Here is my response:
No, they're not closing religion. The USA has a high proportion of creationists who don't want evolution taught in schools and the Republican party is dominant.
There is a case to be made that tax free religious corporations need to be taxed and that many of them are fleecing their flock, but that's not the same thing.
There are some atheist groups who would prefer that religion be closed, but they are a minority and face a steep hill, including amending the Constitution.
The rise of Islam might seem like an impetus for limiting religious freedom, but this hardly necessitates closing all religion.
So basically, it's not in the cards.
She didn't argue that point any further, but it got me thinking.
Can a government regulate the content of an organized religion to stop both hate and swindling, and in the USA in particular, does this conflict with the religious freedom provided in 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.