The Impact of Religion on Political Structure

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From the beginning of time the world has had a need for a higher power. Great battles have been won or lost in the name of religion, or a holy divinity. From the Crusades to World War II, religion has played a huge role in governing societies. From the basic structure of everyday life to the political structure of a nation, religion is a defining factor. Of the varying aspects which can characterize a political structure, Religion is the most prominent and controversial; this can specifically be seen in United States and Iran in the following areas: education, laws, and in voting and leadership. In the early years of the United States educational system, religion played a vital role in curriculum, however as time has passed, religion in the public school has drastically changed. It used to be quite common for students or teachers to pray at school, but that has since turned into a large conflict. As the melting pot of students became more diverse, there became a need to be more open to other beliefs and not offend others. This also raised the question the role of God in the education system. This is widely seen in the debates that surround the theories of evolution vs. creationism. The question many ask is: which theory should be taught, the religious or the scientific? Currently, the education system covers the scientific theory of creation and barely if at all, touches on the religious belief. This is still a topic that causes debates, which will continue into the future. On the other hand, there has been a positive effect from changes of religion in the education system, specifically in the roles of gender. Women have become a great deal more accepted in schools when it comes to improving their... ... middle of paper ... ...m that citizens contain to speak and practice their beliefs, was the foremost quest of our founding fathers, and has defined our political system as well as our nation. Iran is governed with the idealism of Qesas Law, which calls for an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life - but with the understanding that a Muslim is more valuable than a non-Muslim, and a Muslim man more valuable than a Muslim woman (Wikipedia). There is no other way then the Islamic way in Iran, freedom to express comes at a heavy price; their political system teaches religion in every form. Religion has been, and will always be an aspect of a nation’s past, present, and future contributions to domestic and international communities. Works Cited Gardner, Susan. "Introduction to Political Systems." Political Science 343. University of Texas. Austin. 16 Oct. 2014. Lecture.

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