One of the biggest issues today (god only knows why) is gay marriage. Lets think here. The only reason why anyone thinks that gays and gay marriage is wrong is because of religious scriptures which tell us so. This country was founded on the idea that church and state should be separate. That anyone can practice any religion without fear of persecution. Yet time and time again, we persecute others based on our own religious beliefs. This is ridiculous. Mind you I am a straight, married male about to have my first child. The amount of garbage spewed out into the media on behalf of mostly Christian religions has gone way beyond the acceptable level. Countless laws exist on the state and local levels prohibiting some activities on Sundays. The fact that sodomy is illegal in Texas. These are all religion inspired laws, and they have no place in out government. We cannot even fully enforce most of these laws. They are a waste of the paper they are printed on, and the tax dollars they squander.
The U.S is a free country where you can believe in whatever you want or you don't have to believe in anything at all and bringing religion into the things that make the laws that govern our country is not the solution. Basing everything on religion is what our founding fathers did centuries ago and from then we've evolved from then there's no reason to go back.
Religion shouldn't have any place in the government. Religion is just going to mess up the government and laws. Even the bill of rights stated a separation of church and state. Just because the bible or Torah says something doesnt mean its right or true. The US is also very diverse in religion which is just going to cause conflict.
Not ever should it influence U.S. Law, we have had wars killing millions due to religion and other's religion and people's warped and twisted since onto what religion SHOULD be. I don't think I want to go back to the dark ages or the medieval times or the 1800s. I like the fact that ever person has an individual right to seek happiness, this is going to oppress and reform others.
I am religious, however, religions should not play a role in US politics. There should be no school prayer (unless it's a private school), there should be no preference for religion, and everyone should live by their own code of ethics.
You may have issues like abortion which you can make scientific arguments against, but something like teaching creationism as fact in public schools is not right.
The 1st amendment to the United Sates Constitution is perhaps the most important of all those in the Bill of Rights. Even if all of your other rights are infringed, at least you can speak out against it, as well as keep true to your personal beliefs.
Is important. Even though the constitution is outdated the first amendment does separate the two. Just because some rules, like not killing other people appear in religion and almost all secular people would agree its good does not make the rest of the bible law applicable to law. The U.S. Was founded to be a secular nation. T. Jefferson edited the miracles out of the bible. Thomas Paine was pretty close to atheist. Also religion is YOUR choice, not anyone else's. You should not impose your choices on other people. Religion should not influence anything in the governmental sphere including school.