Religion in Todays Society

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Religion has affected the human in many ways; rules, traditions, culture patterns, morality, etc. The most powerful and important role that religion plays is that how it controls the human. I believe that religion has created conflicts between people including whole countries. Religion has the societal effect of dividing people into "us" and "them". This unfortunately has the same characteristics as any other form of discrimination, such a as racialism. Then, it would come very easy to consider "us" as the righteous and "them" as unrighteous. Religion can also be used as a tool of suppression. It 's easy to maintain order and nullify dissent by citing religious grounds. An example of how society is influenced and impacted by religious …show more content…
Catholics, by basis of religion alone, were not allowed to vote, could not worship in public, and were not allowed to hold public office.
In the Virginia colony where Anglicanism ruled all citizens were required to attend church and to be catechized by a minister. If someone refused to do so they could be killed. Colonists were also required to financially support the church just as they would a governmental institution. They were not allowed to associate with anyone who was not of their faith unless they were attempting to convert people of differing faiths.
With the above history, it is quite easy to see where there would be a need for separation of church and state. While the early colonists were in part coming here to create a better life for themselves they unfortunately brought with them the ideals of oppression and enacted them in their local townships. Religious oppression has eased up in today 's modern American culture when compared with that of the early Americans, part of which can be seen through modern diversity educational practices as in Teaching Religion in Schools: Religious Rites and Ritual from Across the Globe.
At the onset of the eighteenth century more immigrants came in and so did differing religious views. The New World grew to contain Quakers, Puritans, Jews, Catholics, Anglicans, Protestants, Methodists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Baptists, Congregationalists,
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