Examining religion and public life
In Whose God Rules? Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy? (Palgrave Macmillan 2011) defense attorney David McColgin described his experience representing Guantánamo detainees.
Defined as theotorture, McColgin recounts how female government interrogators told Muslim detainees they were menstruating and spread red liquid on their faces, aware of the passages in the Quran that prevent male Muslims to pray if touched by a woman other than his wife. Such acts as these, including desecrating the Quran, led to riots and suicide attempts.
On December 14, 2014, Vice President Cheney said, "I'd do it again in a minute."
"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." The First Amendment of the United States Constitution
"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his [or her] religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his [or her] religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance." Article 18. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.