America is advertised as a nation that allows people the freedom to live whatever life they can dream up, including practicing the religion of their choice without the threat of persecution which is in the constitution. However, since this country is a white majority nation there are some issues with religious and ethnic others. This paper will explore the two frequent claims about religion in America: America is a land of religious liberty and freedom as the First Amendment states and if America is a Christian nation but to elaborate further a Protestant Christian nation. The founding of the United States was founded with an emphasis on religious tolerance/freedom. Although this is true legally speaking and true amongst the general population for the most part there are those who aren’t as open about diversity religious or otherwise.
If the US Government allows government building to post the Ten Commandment it loses its neutrality on religion because it will have to choose a version of the Ten Commandments that it will display, violating right of Americans. The promotion of a state-endorsed religion goes against everything in which what this country was founded on.
Some examples of conflict that have occurred in America are as follows: same sex marriages, abortion, in-virto fertilization and equal rights between the sexes (The Coalition for the Free Exercise of Religion, n.d). If religion were to rule our nation these issues would be illegal simply because of the Bible. One of the great things about our nation is having individual choices like the issues listed above. People shouldn’t be judged or persecuted simply because they might not have the same religious beliefs as another. There is a significant difference between government and religious morals even though both are ethical authorities.
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It is the Free Exercise Clause. This clause protects the rights of individuals to worship and believe as they wish. It also means that people cannot be compelled by government to act opposite to their religious beliefs, unless the belief violates a valid law. Religion has brought about a lot of controversy since the day it was first incorporated into the Constitution. The position was clear that the government would be separate from religion, the unclear part was how to paraphrase the clauses.
The establishment clause prohibits the government from passing legislation to establish an official religion or preferring one religion over another. It enforces the "separation of church and state." ("First Amendment | Wex Legal Dictionary / Encyclopedia | LII / Legal Information Institute," n.d.). What does this law really mean, and how far can the effects of this law be stretched? There are facts or conditions that can go against certain aspects of this law.
The public and some leaders are denying many their constitutionally guaranteed right to free exercise of religion. The military is one arena where these rights are being denied quite often. The American military is becoming increasingly hostile toward expression of religious beliefs, especially Christianity. The hostilities continue even though the Constitution protects freedom of expression, and the courts have reaffirmed that servicemen and women may freely express their religious beliefs without fear of adverse effects on their careers. Much of the controversy over religious freedom in the military rests in the question of whether or not allowing religion in the military is an "establishment" of religion which violates the First Amendment.
There has been controversy over several years over The Holy Bible and its use in the public scene. It nevertheless, has developed conflicting arguments and influence in modern day, such as its position with the justice system, school and educational systems, and in many healthcare systems. Politics in the United States attempt to dictate regulations and forms of government in an approach that separates church from state; the government and religious sectors will remain separate and will not influence and/or affect the other. Our founding fathers found it best to do so, considering that many religious affiliations took the opportunity to move to a new land where they can express their own culture, traditions, and belief. Integrating several diverse ways of doing something, numerous ways of thinking, could be disadvantageous to the general government form, meant to be unbiased, fair/just, clear-cut.