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  • Yes, there is true religious freedom in America.

    Even though some don't agree with other religions, they still have their right to practice as they wish. Even Wicca people are allowed to practice, and yes, it is considered a religion. There is not right or wrong way to believe. We all live under one God, whether is is "God," Allah, Buddha, or a Goddess. We are free to practice whatever we believe in.

  • Yes, there is true religious freedom in America.

    Even though some don't agree with other religions, they still have their right to practice as they wish. Even Wicca people are allowed to practice, and yes, it is considered a religion. There is not right or wrong way to believe. We all live under one God, whether is is "God," Allah, Buddha, or a Goddess. We are free to practice whatever we believe in.

  • There is true religious freedom in America

    I can confidently say that there is religious freedom in America, both of religion, and from religion. As a point of comparison, I look at other countries in which there are actual wars and bloodshed over matters of faith. There is absolutely none of that here in America. We have constitutional guarantees of religious pluralism that, if you look around you, bears fruition in that Americans of all faiths live side by side in peace.

  • It's a misconception

    Most of the people that I have noticed that believe we do not have religious freedom are religious people who claim they are persecuted on account of their religion, such as Muslims. However, Freedom of Religion is defined by the government. You can't go to jail for being Muslim nor for being Christian, Hindu, Jewish, etc. There are and have been in the past places on Earth where it is illegal to be a certain religion or even ethnicity. A good example of this would be Nazi Germany or North Korea or even ancient Israel. America has no laws that dismiss any religion UNLESS that religion begins killing people, and even then it isn't the religion that is banned but the actions of the people practicing the religion. For example you could be a Nazi and hold that t Jews should all die, or even Muslims. Legally you are ALLOWED to have this belief. Once you break a law, then it is a crime. Yet notice that the KKK and Neo-Nazis are still allowed to exist in America. So yes, freedom of religion exists in the U.S.

  • there is not

    This is a by Sam Harris from the L.A. Times SEVERAL POLLS indicate that the term “atheism” has acquired such an extraordinary stigma in the United States that being an atheist is now a perfect impediment to a career in politics (in a way that being black, Muslim or homosexual is not). According to a recent Newsweek poll, only 37% of Americans would vote for an otherwise qualified atheist for president.
    Atheists are often imagined to be intolerant, immoral, depressed, blind to the beauty of nature and dogmatically closed to evidence of the supernatural.
    Even John Locke, one of the great patriarchs of the Enlightenment, believed that atheism was “not at all to be tolerated” because, he said, “promises, covenants and oaths, which are the bonds of human societies, can have no hold upon an atheist.”
    That was more than 300 years ago. But in the United States today, little seems to have changed. A remarkable 87% of the population claims “never to doubt” the existence of God; fewer than 10% identify themselves as atheists — and their reputation appears to be deteriorating.
    Given that we know that atheists are often among the most intelligent and scientifically literate people in any society, it seems important to deflate the myths that prevent them from playing a larger role in our national discourse.
    Sam Harris is my hero look for him on Youtube

  • Government and Religion Need to Be Seperated

    As a Christian, it annoys me to see politicians justify their views because of the Bible. I understand that Christianity is the most practiced religion in America, but you shouldn't act like its the only religion in America! Politicians are supposed to represent a whole region of beliefs, not just one. If there was true religious freedom in America, Park51 would have been built without protest and gay marriage wouldn't be a legal issue. You can express your religious views, but you shouldn't when debating politics.

  • Sadly, no, there is not.

    True religious freedom implies the lack of persecution - we definitely still HAVE persecution. America offers limited religious freedom in as much as all orthodox religions are present and most are tax exempt, but for smaller or more pagan religions? They are politely ignored for the most part, but not recognized as valid. In many places it is still socially and legally acceptable to punish people for 'moral decay' or other such foolishness for believing something other than the rest of the community might.

  • Sadly, no, there is not.

    True religious freedom implies the lack of persecution - we definitely still HAVE persecution. America offers limited religious freedom in as much as all orthodox religions are present and most are tax exempt, but for smaller or more pagan religions? They are politely ignored for the most part, but not recognized as valid. In many places it is still socially and legally acceptable to punish people for 'moral decay' or other such foolishness for believing something other than the rest of the community might.

  • Pay attention to the small stuff

    They won't shout it on your tv, but in little ways some religions play a very big (but small) part of our lives. Cursing for example, I won't name them, but if you know a little Christian history and rules, many of them are a direct result of old Christian rules when they were extremely strict. Look at the pledge of allegiance to the american flag. One nation under god. As if we are all christian or another one of those religions that follows some form of God, Satan, Jesus. Look at autocorrect. You can't delete God (or Christianity), but you can delete god. Words like Wicca are auto corrected to wicc a.

  • Yes, but no

    Tell me the difference between these two situations. A thief beating up a man at night in a city. The thief will go to jail if they are caught. But a bully at a school will get suspended, possibly. Since how many resources will be used to find a bully, versus a thief? Same situation, same end result, but one gets off the hook because it isn't as bad somehow, and isn't on the same scale. Same thing as someone getting harassed because they don't follow the same religion as their very religious neighbors. How much could the police protect the person being harassed? Have a police guarding them 24/7? Won't happen. The harassers get sent to jail? Other people like them could hear about it and a much worse thing could happen. You really aren't that safe. From the government openly harassing you? Yes. Small scale, like neighbors? No, and how hard is it to cover up something and make it look like a suicide? Or a trip out a window or down the stairs because they are drunk?

  • The word of the law says yes but the actions say no.

    Though the first amendment states that no religion shall have a law made against or for it. They tend to respond mostly to the majority even when it has a religious agenda. This is because their main focus is to be re-elected and not to comply to the rules of the law. Seeing that got to that position by moving up the ladder, they had to have pleased the voters by their judgments. Seeing that the majority of voter are Christian, guess who they impressed.
    The separation of church and state seams to only be used conveniently by some religions that enjoy the tax free status but still get involved with politics. There are a number of religious organization who use lobbyist for their own agenda, run law schools, and provide legal assistance to cause. Does this sound like they are being separate?
    I remember someone saying once how the law is put in place to defend the minority, the majority can defend it'self. Unfortunately, the courts tend to lean in the direction of their paycheck.

  • There never was, and there never will be

    When you boil it down, America is doomed from the start. Look at the puritans who left England and settled here, they created one of the most biased intolerable societies in human history, perhaps even more than the Third Reich. And when you remember that they did not have to go to the New World and instead could have simply moved to the Netherlands, who were the first country to establish true religious freedom, but they found it 'Too free', believing that their children would be influenced by them and abandon puritanism once they reached adulthood. Typical. These religious zealots never accept their children following the path of an entirely different faith. I chose to follow Neo-Paganism and Shintoism once I grew up, or rather, when I was a teenager, and I got nothing but grief from my parents, they wanted the 'Traditional Christianity' to continue on in my life. I guess my argument isn't really with politics, but rather, family. Because Christian families rarely are at peace if one of their kids decides to leave it to follow what they see is a more ideal belief. Sometimes it's as extreme as disowning them and never contacting them again. If there are, I've never heard of any, but I would surprised if there were.

  • No there really isn't

    Everyone is Christian and those who aren't are considered morally wrong and are discriminated against. Muslims are all assumed to be terrorists and Wiccans and followers of other Neo-Pagan religions are assumed to be satanists despite having no affiliation with Satan himself. Christianity rules our nation and if you try to argue with a politician they always bring god into it. Why can't gays marry? God says its wrong. Almost everything in America is the way it is because the Christian god says it is wrong or right. There is no other religion in most peoples minds. They all believe that Christianity is the only true and just religion which logically it is all impossible.


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Bullish says2013-05-11T20:54:57.320
Has there ever been a President of the U.S. Who is not openly "religious"? Does not the Pledge of Allegiance, Oath into office, and Anthem all have references to "God" in them? No. Although that doesn't necessarily mean there is no freedom. There is for certain bias.