Freedom of Religion

Religion is the foundation upon which our very nation was built upon. However, we have not always had the freedoms that we enjoy today. Our founding fathers couldn't even serve the God of their choice or even have the freedom of speech. Even today we still have problems with freedom of religion. There have been many cases brought before the courts for infringement on religious freedoms such as Wisconsin vs. Yoder, Goldwater vs. Religious Rights, and Sherbert vs. Verner.

In 1620, the Pilgrim set sail in the Mayflower in search of religious freedom Queen Elizabeth I had established the Church of England and was forcing all of the population to attend.[1] She decided that she wanted just one religion for all of England. The Pilgrims didn't believe like this so they climbed aboard the Mayflower and set sail for America. They knew America was a new land and they would have to start over, but for religious freedom, they were willing to make the sacrifice.[2]

It was not until March of 1621 that the Pilgrims finally had a home. "There were no schools, but someone taught the children to read the Bible."[3] Since there weren't any schools, children didn't really need to know much more than how to work. People however, still saw to it that they learned to read and that was accomplished by teaching them to read the Bible. In many homes this was the only book they had.

A law establishing the freedom of religion was enacted in 1789. "The First Amendment and Article VI was enacted to prohibit the federal government from making a law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."[4]

The Establishment Clause is an important part of religious freedom. The freedom of religion principle is central to our nations Declaration of Independence. This clause is very helpful when people go to court against many different religions. With this clause many different cases are won for religious freedom because of the...
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