Kalamazoo, MI asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Michigan

Q: Can a person murder another person and it'll be OK if they claim it's part of their religion to murder people?

How come some people are exempt from the draft due to their religious beliefs or anti-war beliefs whereas others have to fight? Wouldn't everyone just claim they can't follow a law because it goes against their religious beliefs? If someone claims they can't pay taxes because it's against their religious or personal beliefs, does that mean they don't have to pay taxes? Where is the line drawn where religion can get you out of things and where it can't? Can laws ever be 100% secular?

I'm not planning on killing anyone by the way; this is just for research purposes and out of curiosity.

I would like a response. I asked this question before and no one answered my question. Thank you.

1 Lawyer Answer
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Claims of religious beliefs can be tested for sincerity. That is the case with conscientious objector status in the military. If you claim that your religion precludes, prevents, or causes you to do something, you better be prepared to show you sincerely believe that, and that you ascribe to all principles of that faith.

You cannot claim a religious exemption to most crimes, including murder.

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