Religious Beliefs And Religious Dilemmas

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Amongst religions, each one holds a variety of practices and beliefs. "The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every... man to exercise it as these may dictate." - James Madison. This quote states that every man has their own right to believe and practice whatever they please. Child Jehovah witnesses should not be forced to be held back from undergoing blood transfusions when needed because although religious freedom exists, it is their individual uninfluenced choice and because it should not be left to the parent's decisions based on their religious beliefs'.
There is no question that a child's welfare is paramount, that is why in 1952, the Supreme Court justified compulsory blood transfusion based on four points, one point being decisions based on religious beliefs. The court clearly stated that parents cannot chose to be responsible for their child's death. It is given that the First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees freedom concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and restricting an individual's religious practices. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.
However, citizens under this law such as Child Jehovah witnesses are protected under this amendment and are not obligated to undergo treatment such as blood transfusions. This practice is
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