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Should all religion be removed from government, its institutions, laws and constitutions?

Asked by: dutchrock
  • How is this not obvious?

    The second you try to make law based on a particular religion you pass from being objective to being subjective. Ethics, NOT morallity, is the only way to come to a consensus, or anything near a consensus, on what is right and wrong. Any attempt to use any god to make any arguement is inherently biased and should be ignored when making laws.

  • How is this not obvious?

    The second you try to make law based on a particular religion you pass from being objective to being subjective. Ethics, NOT morallity, is the only way to come to a consensus, or anything near a consensus, on what is right and wrong. Any attempt to use any god to make any arguement is inherently biased and should be ignored when making laws.

  • Yes very much so!

    I was raised in a country where "all men are created equal" and having religious input just opens the door for discrimination against another person. Be it their own religion (or lack there of), their sexual preferences. It began with discriminating someone for just looking different. Religion does nothing but tear countries apart and divides the people. We must stop the brainwashing and ignorance before it's too late. There are bigger problems in this country then how many times "Jesus" can't be said in a school...

  • Yes it should

    We live in a secular nation meaning that we are a religiously free country. The government has no right to establish a religion, the establishment clause of the first amendment was put there to prevent religious favoritism. Since american beliefs are diverse, it isn't constitutional to establish one religion over others.

  • Yes it should

    We live in a secular nation meaning that we are a religiously free country. The government has no right to establish a religion, the establishment clause of the first amendment was put there to prevent religious favoritism. Since american beliefs are diverse, it isn't constitutional to establish one religion over others.

  • Of course it should.

    Most religions are based on some stories written by people, long, long ago, to enforce more control over the idiots below them, in a world where you weren't even allowed to think freely. Yet people still seem to be duped into them, even years after they should know better. The fact that the government is still hiding behind them is absolutely ridiculous.

  • Absolutely, no question.

    It has being there. Just look at abortion and homosexual marriage. Religion is BS to some people, and if ALL people are governed by the SAME government, it is only fair that the government not be one-sided and punish those who do not believe the same things as it may, by basing decisions and rules and laws on religion and some not. I think they call that fence-riding, or flip-flopping or something. The government likes to make up words a lot and basically do whatever it wants without asking any of it's citizens, so what difference does my opinion make?

  • Separation of Church and State

    The United States of America is a country founded on the principles of freedom; whether that freedom is in the words we speak, the books we read, the petitions we sign, or the religions we practice. To include religion in the core parts of the government (laws, constitution, etc.) is simply a violation of these freedoms, as it prioritizes one religion (Christianity) over the others. Sure, we are guaranteed the freedom of religion in our own homes, but when it begins to influence legal documents and happenings, and the lives of people not affiliated with that particular religion, the American people run into problems.

    As for the inclusion in everyday practices, such as the Pledge of Allegiance, it is simply unnecessary to include the word "God". Though it seems silly to Christians to omit this simple phrase, a certain cheapness comes with reciting a pledge that is not wholly believed in by all. As citizens, it is arguable that we have a certain burden of patriotism. However, we do NOT all have to follow one religion- therefore, to claim that we are one nation "under God" is not something we all believe- so to say it creates a sense of mindless recitation for non-monotheists.

    Finally, it is imperative that we remove the teachings of Christianity and other religions from the moral decisions made in the state. Politics today are so strongly swayed by Fundamentalists that hardly any progress can be made on important social issues. The world is changing- it's not the same one that was around 2000 years ago. This is a new time, a new chance for America to make changes. The Bible and it's followers are only slowing down that progress.

  • The Establishment Clause of the Constitution is paramount.

    Our Constitution expressly forbids the government from endorsing or establishing any religion. This does not just include making an official state religion, but also the government sponsoring or showing favoritism to a religion in any way. By incorporating the beliefs or texts of any religion into the government, its institutions, or our laws, that constitutes endorsement.

    The only way to protect freedom of religion for ALL is to keep the government free OF religion. America was established as a secular democratic republic, regardless of the attempts of conservative Christians today to revise history. It needs to stay that way.

  • Church and state are supposed to be separate.

    It even says in the U.S Constitution "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ...". So by not removing religion from it's "government, institutions, laws, and constitutions" then the U.S is actually violating its own constitution.

    Just because some of these laws of existed for decades, does not mean they cannot be changed. Laws are largely meant to reflect public opinion, and the public opinion on many subjects have changed drastically since the creation of said laws.

  • No, it should not.

    Many of our laws, along with most of the constitution, was founded based upon Christian values and principles, and therefore is important to our country's heritage. It is not like the laws and constitutional amendments oppress anyone with religious things, they actually protect against oppression. For people who get offended because they simply have to HEAR these things, such as in the pledge, get over yourselves.

  • No, it should not.

    Some of our laws and constitutions are decades old. If we changed them now it would probably cause a lot of problems for people who do not agree with this decision. I think the government needs to know when to step back away from religious things, and when they are needed to intervene.

  • Religion is a necessity when it comes to the morals our country is based upon

    We founded our country based off of the values and morals of Christianity. Without those establishing what is right and what is wrong, what dictates that. We know that it is morally wrong to murder someone because it was put in the constitution based off of Christianity's views on the subject. Without these set regulations there is nothing to decide the morals of our nation. Removing all the aspects of government that are influenced by Christian beliefs would technically be removing all aspects of government. If people want to live in a world with no moral compass they should move to one of the hundreds of countries with a government that was not built upon one specific religion, instead of trying to change a great nation that was.

  • What do your rights give you?

    In a recent murder trial, the 10 commandments were removed from the wall of the court room because they did want the decision of the jury to be influenced by the law that said "Thy shall not kill". The result of the trial was not guilty. Our laws say that murder is illegal but the guiding principle for why, seems to be losing its relevance. This situation is proof that without such guiding principles there is no other law that any man is bound to respect, and any man is justified in doing what he wants!

  • Should not be removed

    No I don't think religion should be removed from our government. Its in our constitution rights. When you take god out your in a world of mess. God created all religions not just one. People who don't believe in god they are the ones who want to take god out of every thing. There will be a time where the unbelief will believe, but something drastic has to happen first in their lives. In order to believe.


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