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Do we really have Religious Freedoms in America?

Do we really have Religious Freedoms in America?
Posted By: Marta Fernandez on March 27, 2009

If Religious Freedom really existed in America.. why are we FORCED to place our left hand on a Bible in Court before tesifying? Why are the words in God we Trust on currency and government buildings? Why are non-Christians forced by the government to supress their beliefs, in a Court of Law or face contempt?
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crystal smith
DeVry University class of 1998
Wow I am a christian and many nations have a religion that they stand by. The same could be said about consumerism why do we have one currency, one govt what about those who don't like currency or govt. Religion is a way to stabilize a country morally through common beliefs instead many laws.
Friday, March 27th 2009 at 6:58PM
I dont think we do because deep down inside people tend to discriminate about things that another may do that is not fully understood. Rather than ask questions to learn more people tend to sell themselves preconceived notions and believe their own thoughts. This can tend to lead to hinderance of someone else's practice of their faith.
Friday, March 27th 2009 at 7:06PM
crystal smith
DeVry University class of 1998
Yes I agree. And to all who may have been offended by my comment it was not meant to say that christianity should be rule and charge. I only wanted to say that most nations only have one authentic religion. America allows for all to practice their beliefs without persecution (supposedly). I think to give in and say no religion would also be giving in to someone's will just as having a religion gives in to anothers will. Our nation was founded on "GOD" and that is why we had the quotes on our currency. By no means do I think it takes away from indivualism. Small minded people who would judge someone based on their preconceived notions and prejudices will unfortunetly stay among us. Personally I love everyone equally regardless of their beliefs. I have friends who are atheisists, baptist, jehovah witness, muslim, pentecostal etc etc. People are people and we all have a free will. It would be great if we could see people for who they are and not what we think they represent.
Friday, March 27th 2009 at 8:12PM
Cecil Collier
All at Myself
Principles, it all comes down to that. I believe every religion at it's base have pretty much the same principles in mind. Evil men distort those principles to sway things in their own favor, while righteous men will share and practice those principles to make it better for others. So, the challenge is to ask yourself when confronted what is the basic principle in place and which side of it am I on!
Friday, March 27th 2009 at 11:17PM
Well said Cecil. I couldnt have said it better. Thus the full message conveyed in my book So' Feet: Sore Mind...Sore Heart...and Sore Soul' I am not saying anything negative about anyone's religion but instead, I am saying, what people do should not dictate how you love the Lord. Their actions are their own and it has nothing to do with how you choose to follow the rules.
Saturday, March 28th 2009 at 4:01PM
Marta Fernandez
CUNY -Queens College class of 1985
Religion is a way to stabilize a country morally?" If this is so, then why is there such a vehement disregard/ hatred for Islamic nations who have decided to follow religious law ? I would have hoped that instead of personal views, the common belief of separation of church and state would have been addressed.

Religion in America is a double edged sword. For instance in Georgia, a legislator wanted a Creed on a monument in front of the Courthouse and was outlawed, if this was a Christian nation, why was he denied? If this was a Christian nation why can't you say a prayer in school collectively ? Last but not least some of the comments indicate a LACK of compassion for other faiths,such as Buddhists, Muslims, Jews an on, not only that but the point was missed,if you have religious freedom in America, then why force an Agnostic, and Atheist to place their hand on a King James Version of the Bible. I hope some research is done and one becomes more illuminated as to what tolerance really means!
Sunday, March 29th 2009 at 8:53AM

I think that all depends on how one defines "Freedom". In my observation, there exists a great deal of religious freedom for some, ...too much in fact.There doesn't however appear to be enough Freedom FROM Religion. It appears there are those who have the freedom (or audaciously take the liberty) to blugeon others over the head with their particular "religion", without consideration of the fact or possibility that others may not share their faith, ...or care to hear about it. This is most often accomplished with as much subtlety as "Bulls running through a China Shop".

With Freedom comes Responsibility. People may have the "right" to choose to worship as they please, ...they must however realize, they do NOT have the "right" to impose their beliefs on others, ...or proselytize & harass, til the day is longl

If I want to know your religion, I will ask you, and if I want a religious sermon, I will go to church!
Sunday, March 29th 2009 at 11:11AM
Marta Fernandez
CUNY -Queens College class of 1985
We, for all intents and purposes are defining freedom according to the laws of this land, we are not going beyond this scope.
Sunday, March 29th 2009 at 3:17PM
crystal smith
DeVry University class of 1998
"Religion is a way to stabilize a country morally?" If this is so, then why is there such a vehement disregard/ hatred for Islamic nations who have decided to follow religious law ? I would have hoped that instead of personal views, the common belief of separation of church and state would have been addressed. "

Here you go. When this nation began to rely heavily on African slaves one way to control them was to strip them of their relegious beliefs and introduce them to "their" God. This introduction allowed them to subdue the slaves to mental cohersion. The use of the King James Bible and its references to servitude, humility and turning the other cheek allowed for passive control. As you know right is right and wrong is wrong so "rebellion" and the fight for freedom ensued. No other religion was used, at this time and for this purpose. So when I said that religion was used for control this is what I meant.

I have yet to hear of a nation exist without one dominating faith. If you look closely into these nations you will see that there is intolerence for those who don't adhere the main faith (not just America). Personally I could care less what faith you are. I prefer to see the individual. As far as I'm concerned a lunatic is a lunatic no matter what God the do or do not serve.
Wednesday, April 1st 2009 at 3:33PM

Good comments and discussions but crystal if I may ask why do you consider yourself a christain when as you stated," Religion is a way to stabilize a country morally through common beliefs instead many laws." In addition, you stated that ,"
When this nation began to rely heavily on African slaves one way to control them was to strip them of their religious beliefs and introduce them to "their" God. This introduction allowed them to subdue the slaves to mental cohersion. The use of the King James Bible and its references to servitude, humility and turning the other cheek allowed for passive control. As you know right is right and wrong is wrong so "rebellion" and the fight for freedom ensued. Are not you saying that you accept passive control and his God over what was the way of your ancestors?
Friday, May 1st 2009 at 4:32PM
Marta Fernandez
CUNY -Queens College class of 1985
Unhunh go ahead Mr. Easterling, tell it--she likes to play both side and walkthe fence.
Thursday, May 7th 2009 at 1:51PM
Yes, but my religion which is Islam is always being sterotyped. Between finanatical Muslims and sensationalism from the media it can become very difficult. Any freedoms come with responsibilities. I am Muslim, African American, and ALLAh has afforded me these religious freedoms in America. I am an American and was born one. So I am part of the Constitution of America, its laws and regulations that help establish freedoms of all sorts.
Tuesday, December 22nd 2009 at 10:08PM

I believe that we do have religious freedoms in america. No one can tell me (for example) how and who to worship. See the difference between me and other people. Is that they dont fully realize what the real force should be on. God is the best knower and it is he that will soon come down from the heavens and take up all his believers up. So, that we don't have to worry about if we have freedom in this America or not.
Saturday, March 6th 2010 at 12:45AM

I believe that we have to be careful that we do not mix spiritual matters with non spiritual maters. American has claimed that, they believe and was established on God, but if you look at America's record and how they treat their people ( black, asian, mexican, etc...) God's character and attributes of love is not found. In that, Freedom that God gives can never be measured nor identified with the freedom that a world like America can give. God's freedom is lived from with in, America's/ world freedom, comes with dictatorship.
Wednesday, February 23rd 2011 at 9:33AM
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