Freedom Of Religion

Answer the following questions after reading the attached manuscript: 1) Freedom of Religion is..... (give your insights and understanding) 2) The United States needs/does not need Freedom of Religion? Why? 3) Religious speech is/is not a protected right in Academia and in the public square. Why or why not? According to whom? 4) In my view the separation of Church and State does/does not help in maintaining Freedom of Religion. Why? Why not? 5) Who should decide on what is/is not Freedom of Religion? Why? 6) Why is freedom of belief the cornerstone of a democracy and why is it the first thing that totalitarian regimes take away from its people.

1.) In regards to freedom of religion, the United States Constitution says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” This amendment allows us to think, express, and act upon what we deeply believe in and what our own personal morals are. Our government has no right to tell us who we can or cannot worship, where we can or cannot worship, and what we can or cannot worship. The government can’t choose our religion, nor can they tell us to practice religion. When the Bill of Rights was written, our country’s founders thought it would be best to protect religious liberty by keeping the government separate from the church, or out of religion altogether. Although there are several conflicts that many people have in regards to laws about religion, overall our country tries it’s best to satisfy the religious practice or non-practice of all it’s citizens. 2.) The United States definitely needs Freedom of Religion. As seen by our founding fathers from the beginning of time, the US is home to a wide range of religious beliefs. In order to not...
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