Think of the following choices as being like those on a Chinese
restaurant menu, under the "family dinners" they used to have:
Column A (Free Exercise):
- Government will let you choose your religion.
- Government will not interfere with your private religious
- Government will not unfairly deprive you of resources by
which you could practice your religion.
Column B (Non-Establishment):
- Government will not subsidize any religious practice, even in
kind, as by providing facilities.
- Government will not attempt to distinguish what constitutes
your faith, nor determine what a "real" religion is.
- Law will neither favor one belief system over another,
including disbelief, nor favor religion over non-religion or vice
Column C (extensive Police Power):
- There will be taxes, and the money will be spent somehow.
- The state will own, maintain, and operate facilities for
various purposes not related to public order (schools, parks,
museums, broadcasting stations), and others larger and with more
staff than necessary for public order.
- Legislation & regulations won't always let you do what you
want with the bodies & property of consenting persons, including
yourself, and those edicts will often be very particular.
You can have anything you want from Column A and from Column B,
or anthing you want from Column B and Column C, or anything you
want from Columns A and C; but you can't order from all 3 columns
at the same time.