The Catholic hierarchy has joined with conservative branches of Protestantism to promote something called Religious Freedom Restoration. We voted on it in North Dakota and it’s talked about across the U. S. and Canada. But, what does it mean?
I’d say there are two ways of interpreting the ultimate in religious freedom. One is a person would be able to live and work in such a way he/she never has to violate his/her beliefs. This would mean the time spent on a job and work done there would be dictated by his/her religion. The employer’s needs would be irrelevant.
Furthermore, both at work and away from work, governments would conform to his/her religious beliefs. That is, none of the taxes collected from an individual could be used for purposes that violate his/her faith. The teaching in schools, government rules on health care, military decisions, government declared holidays and so on must conform as well.
In the other approach, religious freedom means a person is never affected by the religion of others. In this world, a person would be free to practice religion, or, not practice it without ever knowing or encountering the religion of others. Religion is practiced outside the public realm.
The first approach will have an unhappy ending because it will crash head on into other religions. The second will be hard to achieve because religions are designed to dominate and meddle into the lives of others.