Freedom of religion in America
January 18, 2016
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The first Amendment to the United States states Freedom of religion what means freedom to hold an opinion or belief, but not to take action in violation of social duties or subversive to good order. The statute’s opening lines reflect the American founder’s mastery of language and clarity of thought. The new is that this weekend some Americans have been remembering what really religious liberty means. January 16th is the Religious Freedom Day because it is the anniversary of the day when Thomas Jefferson reached one of his most important and greatest achievements, ranking with the Declaration of Independence: “the approval of a state” in his State, Virginia.
This approval made Anglican religion equal to every other religion, it overturned the status of the Anglican church and set it with all faiths in the same place before the law. Even due he was an Anglican himself, but it was really better for the anglican society and the other faiths. I think that one of the most important freedoms to Americans is the freedom of religion.Throughout history many people have left their homelands due to persecution they have faced for believing in what they feel is the right. Some have died. Some of the first immigrants to this country came here because of religious beliefs that were rejected in their home country. One of the greatest things about this country is that everyone has the choice to believe in what they want and not have to worry about the consequences of their beliefs. I think that religion is one of the most important parts of a person’s life. Without religion there would be no point in living. With this privilege Americans can enjoy the freedom of worshiping as they please. Imagine being forced to believe in something that goes against all of your morals. I feel that the freedom of religion is so much more important than the other freedoms because people have died for this cause. Last January 12th, President Obama delivered his last State of the Union where he talked about his achievements as the President of the United states and the goals for the future. With the recent attacks in Paris he talked about ISIS and muslim religion. He talked about the importance of religious freedom in his speech, and he called on Americans to “respect every faith” and not insult Muslims or vandalize mosques. On the opposite hand, Donald Trump, who bashes Muslims even as armed vigilantes stalk Muslims who are trying to worship in peace, and Republican Congressman Dave Brat, who pretends that only conservative Christians have a right to quote the Bible. That wouldn’t respect the First Amendment because only one part of the people had the opportunity to express themselves.