In fact, four-in-ten Americans think that there’s been too much expression of religion or prayer from our political leaders. In 2010, the majority thought that there was not enough religion, but the numbers have been switching sides from all political parties (Miller 1). Recent polls state that, “Slightly more than half of the public (38%) says that churches should keep out of politics” (Miller 1). If that is not enough facts to sway politicians, then they need to look at Americas young adults. About half of college graduates agree that there has been too much religion in politics, which is up 14% from a few years ago.
The generally negative stigma still remains and menaces millions of Americans. The up and coming generation of children, teens, and young adults are probably one of the most progressive generations, in contrast to the generation only one level above them. Currently, American government is in the hands of both generations, but primarily the generation of politicians that hide from social reform, and especially the issue of same-sex marriage. Once the current generation of young people is in power, legally, I feel that same-sex marriage will become more accepted, and legalized more widely, but the stigma of the matter may be ultimately removed by the voters.
What is the true definition of marriage? Is it about “religious freedoms or obeying the law”, The Merriam Webster dictionary the full definition is “the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law. Also the states of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage” (Merriam Webster). Gay marriage has always been a controversial topic and I wanted to look more into the many reasons people get worked about it. Starting in 2010 the elections had a general opposition to legalize same-sex marriage but then results from polls split, some support while others are in opposition.
People often vote for candidates who will best represent them and if constituents want someone who is similar to them and feel will protect their religious liberties, they will likely vote for them as opposed to other candidates. This has caused a rift in America as of late because it appears as though there is a growing difference in opinions and mindsets of people across party lines. Due to this rift, democrats relate more to a liberal ideology whereas republicans are more conservative. Republicans have generally been more focused on candidates’ religion as opposed to democrats. Conservative republican focus on religion has hurt Obama in his support from church goers because they want a president in Washington who lives their life like many think a Christian should.
To avoid such situations, Baldwin was driven into the church because he "supposed that God and safety were synonymous." (16) Timidity blinded him to believe that following God's words shielded him from the evils of society. However, because of Baldwin's love for his church, he reads the Bible, only to realize that was strictly about the teachings of White people. He thought that going to the church will protect him, and shield him against what he feared. Instead of freeing the community from discrimination between Blacks and Whites, the Bible supported the existence of racial barriers by teaching one should behave.
Because there is freedom of religion in the United States, all faiths have some sort of impact on the American government. To understand how religion affects the United States government we will have to look back to the formation of America. Religion and politics have always been a hot topic in the States and always will be. It may never be as big of a deal though as it was with our Founding Fathers. Without them and the decisions they made, the America we live in today would be very different.
Withstanding cruel persecutions is the “underground church,” faithful servants of God who have not bowed. The existence of the underground church is often attested to by refugees from North Korea. The truth that Christians have existed under the persecution of the hostile North Korean regime is quite unimaginable from the perspective of Christians outside North Korea. Throughout the last two decades, the issue of the protection of human rights for North Koreans has been discussed in the United Nations. No one can confidently predict when and how the North Korean people will see religious freedom because the religious freedom of North Korea means the collapse of Juche-ideology.
Programs in health, welfare, housing, transportaion, and many other areas are much smaller and less ambitious (Kingdon: 44). This is a direct result of the American desire for limited government. Americans don't want large programs in these areas because they more or less fear big government and believe it is inefficient and wasteful. Americans lean towards a desire for equal oppurtunity as opposed to equal results, and thus believe government should stay clear and let people either succeed or fail on their own. They believe that successful individuals are simply the ones who achieved more with the opportunities they were given, and that it's the job of the government to keep these opportunities equal for all, and not its job to see that everyone ends up successful.
Although, it can be said that many people today are less moral than in past generations, the easy target to attack is the rise in atheism. However, the real culprit is religious ignorance. “The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released the first nationwide survey of American religious knowledge, based on interviews with 3,412 adults who answered 32 questions on the Bible and the world's religions. Not surprising... ... middle of paper ... ...ls: A Joint Statement of Current Law. Apr.
The Potentials and Pitfalls of Interfaith Marriages As more Americans enter the cultural melting pot and cross ethnic and social barriers, the rate of interfaith marriages has increased, not because persons are less committed to their faith traditions, but because there is a new reality in which old barriers are breaking down. In the western hemisphere the issue of interfaith marriage is widely debated among all religious traditions. Many conservative denominations believe that, "A believer marrying or intending to marry an unbeliever is clearly going against the expressed commandment of God" (J.J. Lim) . Other religious denominations view intermarriages as, "The unity within diversity that adds a richness and beauty to marriage and to life" (Rev. Tom Chulak) .