A Separation of Church and State Ensures our Individual Freedoms

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Religion has no place in politics, therefore, church and state must remain separate if we are to preserve our individual freedoms. The United States of America is a land of great diversity and a nation built on equality. In order to explore religion and politics in America, we must first begin with our country's roots in 17th century Europe. At the time there was heavy conflict, over religion, involving the Catholics and the Protestants of England. They were two different religions, but they shared a common belief. Both shared the principle that there should be one religion, everyone should be forced to follow it, and that government should enforce it. Therein lay the problem, how can there be only one religion when there are…show more content…
Religion has no place in politics, therefore, church and state must remain separate if we are to preserve our individual freedoms. The United States of America is a land of great diversity and a nation built on equality. In order to explore religion and politics in America, we must first begin with our country's roots in 17th century Europe. At the time there was heavy conflict, over religion, involving the Catholics and the Protestants of England. They were two different religions, but they shared a common belief. Both shared the principle that there should be one religion, everyone should be forced to follow it, and that government should enforce it. Therein lay the problem, how can there be only one religion when there are clearly more than one belief systems in existence. As far as religion was concerned all things were not equal. In the regions where Catholics were in power, in government, the Protestants were persecuted. In regions where Protestants were in power, Catholics were persecuted. Catholics and Protestants alike could face execution as a heretic if they did not conform. The religious persecution drove the initial settlers from Europe to the colonies. Soon after, the Puritans followed. The Puritans fled Europe destined for the new land so that they too could worship the way they chose. Though both groups were fleeing England, to pursue religious freedom, they had very different ideals about religion. The Puritans still held to the belief
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