One nation under God.
In this essay I will be talking about the different religious views in America and how religious views influence the society there. I will also be touching the topic of correlation between different religions/anti-religions. My essay will be based on the following problem statement: How do religious views influence the American society and their politics, being a great part of the society in the United States? In addition to this I will add a few personal thoughts and ideas to sum the whole thing up.
It is well known that the United States of America is a truly religious country. Obviously having a vast amount of people in one area, who all feel very strongly about their own religions, is going to have a certain effect on the society in this area. Even more so when among all these people are a wide variety of religions, whereas several of these religions have different paths with slightly different morals and believes. Let’s use Christianity, which is the most widespread religion in the USA, and also the World, as an example. There are Protestants, Catholics, Mormons etc. What is the root of Christianity is something they all have in common, but there are numerous topics where the various groupings disagree.
As I mentioned, the most common religion in the US is Christianity, whereof Protestant is the most popular group with 51.3% of the US population according to Wikipedia, before the Catholic, the Mormon, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the smallest official group, the Eastern Orthodox. Aside from Christianity, the largest group are the ones who don’t really believe in anything in particular, which is a surprising 12.2% of the population, agnostics are at 2.4% and atheists 1.6%. Between the remaining four of the five major religions, Judaism is the bigger one followed by 1.7% of the population. The comes Buddhism and Islam, before the list ends with Hinduism. While these are all separate religions, each of them have some things in common. Maybe most importantly are their morals and values. Being kind to one another, not stealing, not committing adultery, believing in only their God(s) – those religions who believe in God. However, these religions originate from different parts of the world, and therefore unlike cultures. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the culture from which the religion arose will have a huge impact on the religion itself, so when all these various religions come together, they will clash and in some cases conflicts will occur. We have seen this from the attack of Al-Qaeda on the American Twin Towers on September 11th 2001, which lead to a war between the United States and Afghanistan as well as what George W. Bush defined as the “terror axis”, which consists of Iraq, Iran and North Korea. This war erupted from numerous different conflicts, a major one being the disagreement between religions. Another example could be the KKK or the Ku Klux Klan, which was a group of whites who killed and tortured blacks in the South in the 1960s. This was mainly a racial conflict, but the Klan also claimed the religious differences were a big part of why they did what they did. However, some say that was just an excuse made by the Klan as a way to justify the sins and crimes they committed. Compared to many other countries though, the USA is a peaceful country when it comes to religious conflicts, because the nation is made up of immigrants from other parts of the world with their own religions. Americans is therefore an accepting people overall.
That being said, there has been and still is a lot of controversy between the two political parties in the United States of America. You have the liberal Democrats represented by Barack Obama, and the conservative Republicans represented by Mitt Romney. Barack Obama does not wish to announce his religious beliefs publically, as he does not feel that this is relevant to his job as the president of the United States.
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