The Bill of Equal Rights

I was wondering this weekend what laws would look like if we treated each of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights equally.

Well, in Maryland we would have this law:

Religion Qualification License

Unless otherwise exempt, as of October 1, 2013, a Maryland resident must possess a valid Religion Qualification License before he/she may practice a religion. Details on exemptions may be found below. You do not need a Religion Qualification License to practice a religion you were born into so long as you were born prior to October 1, 2013. The Religion Qualification License is only needed for starting, transferring, or joining religions after October 1, 2013.

Please Note: Residency exemptions have been made for active military personnel and their spouses.
Q: How do you verify the credentials of current or retired military personnel?
A: Please refer to the following web-page.

Who Should Apply?

A person may not start, transfer into, or join a religion after October 1, 2013 unless they possess a valid Religion Qualification License (RQL) issued by the Maryland State Police or qualify for exemption status. 
Exceptions to possession of the RQL License 
  1. A Licensed Priest or Cleric.
  2. Active Prophet or a person retired in good standing from a licensed ministry of the United States, the State, or a local municipality.
  3. Active or retired member of the United States Armed Forces or National Guard and possesses a valid military identification card.
  4. A person purchasing, renting or receiving a religious antique, curio or relic as defined in federal law.
  5. Maryland licensed religious artifacts dealers.
Required to have the RQL, but exempt from the training component 
  1. Someone who completed a religion safety training course approved by the Secretary of the Department of Maryland State Police. 
  2. Has completed a course of instruction in the competency and safety of religious dogma as prescribed under Natural Resources Article, §10-301.1, Annotated Code of Maryland. Application for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Course Certificate can be obtained from online and may be used in lieu of Qualified Religous Instruction.
  3. Is currently a qualified biblical instructor.
  4. Is an honorably discharged member of the armed forces of the United States or National Guard.
  5. Is an employee of an ministry who has a religion permit issued by MSP.
  6. Lawfully owns a regulated religious artifact.  If you already own a religious artifact prior to October 1, 2013, you do not have to complete the training to apply for the Religion Qualification License.
In accordance with the Religious Safety Act of 2013, individuals who are voluntarily admitted to an inpatient psychiatric facility (either state, private or acute general), for a period of 30 consecutive days or more, or involuntarily certified and retained by an Administrative Law Judge may have to surrender their religious items and will be prohibited from owning or possessing a bible or other artifact unless an individual is granted relief from religion disqualification. DHMH makes available to persons who are prohibited from practicing certain religions a process to apply for relief from these prohibitions.


How to Apply


The Religion Qualification License is accessible online through MyLicense. For access please click HERE.

To apply for an RQL the law requires a fingerprint based background check here. You cannot submit your application until this is completed, unless you already possess as Maryland Proselytizing and Praying Permit.

Within 3 years prior to the submission of an RQL application, an applicant must demonstrate a satisfactory completion of a Religious Safety Training Course. Qualified Dogma Instructors can be found online.  The Dogma Safety Training Course must be instructed by a Qualified Dogma Instructor, and shall consist of a minimum of 4 hours of instruction and include the following minimum curricula:

  1. State Dogma Law. Overview of the State religion laws, including discussion of what constitutes a regulated religion, how to properly purchase or transfer religious artifacts, where allowed to carry or transport a bible, when necessary to possess a carry permit, who is prohibited from possessing religious artifacts, and state law relating to minors, permissible levels of proselytizing, and use of prayer.
  2. Home Dogma Safety. Overview of religious safety in the home, including discussion of proselytizing to minors, locking and storing of religious artifacts, and use of prayer, and other mind control activities.
  3. Bible Mechanisms and Operation. Overview of the proper operation and safe handling of a bible, including use and maintenance, the opening and closing of bibles, and the differences between transcribed versions and automatic or “recorded” bibles.
  4. Proselytizing and Prayer Demonstration. Orientation component that demonstrates the person’s ability to safely proselytize and or pray, to include a “live” component in which the applicant safely proselytizes or prays privately. An applicant may not be required to perform either in excess of 15 minutes during qualifications.


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