Here in America, we do not have a national religion, yet the idea of separation of church and state has been raised more than once. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were very clear when they talked about church and state. Madison wrote in a letter, "The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries." Madison and Jefferson feared the harsh monarchs of Europe and did not what that to happen to their new country. Countries that do have a national religion often face more violent and extreme problems.
Assignment 2.03 Amendment selected: First Amendment The first amendment was written due to the fact that most of the citizens demanded their basic freedoms. (“Congress will make no law respecting an establishment of the religion, and prohibiting the free exercise of; or abridging the freedom of speech, and of the press; and right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.’’) What is the personal liberty defined in the Amendment? The first amendment is referred to as Freedom of Religion. This amendment guarantees freedom of religion in two types of ways; one is preventing the government from establishing an official church. And the second is free will to worship as they please to their religion.
The other big contrast between these two speeches is Reagan’s reiteration the freedom and liberty are things that can only be enjoyed with the full blessings of God (Rodgers, 2011, p164). This is a religious perspective that Johnson ignored and based his theory of growth in self preservation. The other major point of departure between these two speeches is the audience. While Reagan chose to address the religious and more conservative part of the population, Johnson went for the secular and more liberal
It was also noted that religion should remain separate from government issues to avoid decisions being compromised based on the religion someone practices. Without this separation issues would continue to increase without being resolved. Many benefits came from the separation of State and Religion including; stability of political involvement, minimizing religious warfare, and the right to religious freedom. With this we can say separation between the State and Religion has benefited the nation in many ways. Separation of State and Religion help maintain the stability of political involvement.
Religion at one time was very touchy subject in many cultures around the globe, as the world progressed more people became open to religion. Theses effects have lead to a society overflowing with religious moderates. Religious moderates are people who aren't fundamentalists and don't interpret their religious scripture in a literal context. They have tolerance for other religions and beliefs and believe that no faith should be forced upon you. Sam Harris discusses religious moderates and their dogmatic views in his article “The First Ten Pages.” Harris argues that they are the “instability” in our society because moderates believe in something without having factual evidence to prove it.
In America we are so diverse and we have a lot of different religions to choose from as well as some people who don’t believe in anything at all. I was raised in the church and have a deep relationship with God. State administrators are not permitted to encourage or discourage religion. Some people may find your beliefs offensive because it is not the same belief they have. Certain issues are more sensitive than others and the topic of religion is one of them.
It has come to the attention of many Americans as of late that their right to religious freedom is supposedly being placed into jeopardy. Many people insist that the United States was established on the principles of liberty to practice religion as one pleases, and yet others protest that this nation’s critical founding documents are based on Christian beliefs. Each position has valid contentions, although there are several relatively obvious discrepancies in the argument of total religious independence. However, to accurately understand this quandary of religious dispute, one must look back to the Pilgrims that first landed on North American soil, and get into the minds of the nation’s founders. The men and women who first came to America
George Washington, for example, is not known to have taken communion, and one bishop who knew him was confident he was not a believer. Jefferson's scissored-down New Testament is well known. In the realm of what Meacham calls "public religion" the founding fathers thus assiduously avoided any sectarian bias. They strongly protected the right of every citizen to freely exercise "private faith," or no faith at all, as each individual conscience saw fit. Such was the paradox between political liberty and religious faith: "Many, if not most, believed; but none
English 102 Brittany Daigle Dr. Trahan 09/16/2011 Brittany Daigle Dr. Trahan English 102 09/16/2011 Christianity Religions, or belief systems, are perhaps the strongest force in society. Christianity is the main religion in America, and is what American morals are surrounded by; even though our founding fathers clearly stated” As the Government of the United Stated of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion”. (The Treaty of Tripoli) Christianity has influenced American culture for years. Most people will view Christianity in modern society as positive, but there are revolutionists that view religion as a whole as negative and can ruin our society. Christianity is a teaching based on the life
“Ron Snider, president of the Evangelicals for Social Action and Professor at Palmer Seminary claims that repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (Doma) and legalizing gay marriage threatens religious freedom because religious organizations will be pressured to abandon their religious beliefs and accept or condone same-sex marriage” (Sider, Ron). This could mean that people will begin to interpret their own religious beliefs and apply them to their lives according. Most religious institutions believe that they will be sanctioned on what they can say about sexuality and marriage if this law is approved. However; when dealing with religious belief, it is up to the gay couple to decide what they want to believe and how to apply his or her beliefs to their current situation. Each person will have to answer to God in their own way.