What Role Should Religion Play in Public Life? Essay

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What Role Should Religion Play In Public Life? Religion should play a role in public life because that is what is wrong with the world. If there is more faith then we wouldn’t have all the crime and hatred that we do today. Our right to talk about religion and wear items that are symbolic to religion are covered in the constitution. The first Amendment gives us freedom of speech and allows us to wear or display items that are symbolic to religion. Just as people wear shirts displaying emblems that symbolize a football or basketball team. Miriam Rhamani wrote, “Wearing a Head Scarf Is My Choice as a Muslim: Please Respect It”, where she talks about her decision to wear a hijab, (a Muslim head covering). When she decided to wear the hijab it was for her on personal reasons not to offend anyone. To Rhamani wearing the hijab “reminds me not to focus on the superficial and instead to channel my energies toward developing my character and intellect.” (Rhamani 889) In my belief no matter what you do, you do not deny God! Jesus said, “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 10:33) God is all powerful and all knowing, he knew us before we were born and he already knows what will happen. We can’t change that, what we can do is change who we are to become a better person in God’s eye. Penn Jillett doesn’t believe there is a God because his belief is that if you can’t prove it then it doesn’t exist. What I don’t understand is you have people that don’t believe in God, but will let their children believe there is a Santa Claus, Easter Bunny….need I go on? Jillett feels that “the love of my family that raised me and the family I’m raising now is enough that I don’t need heaven.” (Jillett 898) If we have more religion in the world, what a happy and peaceful world this would be.

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