My Religion Does Not Control Me

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My religion does not control me. The authors E.L. Doctorow, Rushdie, and Paul who wrote in part of Corinthian all have written that debate against one another. Doctorow is an American author is well known for historical writing and wrote about how America is not full of infidels. Rushdie is an atheist who had a bounty on his head from the Islamic state for years; he is known for his writing against religion. Paul wrote the first epistle of Corinthian, which was directed towards the, “the church of God,” in Corinth, Greece; he wrote about how love has do with the individual not God. These authors contradict each other’s claim: Doctorow disproves Rushdie’s claim with religion causes freedom to restricted and people being close- mined;…show more content…
Doctorow claims the people of the United States want religion because it is an escape from society’s issues. In addition, the word infidels’ means one who doubts or rejects central trends of one’s religion, but this word is used more towards Christianity and Islam. However, the United States is made of many different religions that people look over, such as: The Shakers, Swendenborgians, and Adventists. Due to the religious freedom in America the nation is filled with a variety of praying, singing and studying that are practiced by millions. Because of these varieties, many religions developed in the U.S such as: Mormonism, Christian Science and Native American Anthropomorphism. It’s not about the United States being full of infidels it’s about how the United States decided to keep religion and politics separate. A lot of what Doctorow mentions goes against what Rushdie ideas of religion are. Rushdie mentions in a sarcastic way that victors of war can’t be close minded because they have God on their side. Basically, saying that those who believe in God tend to be close minded. In addition, Rushdie things freedom is restricted by religious rule. Doctorow argues that a country that has freedom of religion gives people the freedom to believe and not believe in anything they want; without the pressure of religious control. On the other hand, having freedom of religion in a country allows people to have an open- mind by accepting
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