“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”
There’s a reason for this being an integral part of the First Amendment to the Constitution, and when I read stories such as this, it drives home that first section even more:
I’ve sometimes wondered if the fundamentalist elements of certain religions in this country would like to see atheists such as myself put into a similar situation as this unfortunate man from Nigeria. The freedom to have no belief or religion is just as important an exercise of the First Amendment as is the right to exercise one’s own religious beliefs. However, exercising a religious belief does not include foisting them on others, especially from one’s own government.