The Reason for Freedom of Religion

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Religious influence in the adoption and development of law is contradictory to the structure of the American government and way of life. We are all familiar with the phrase; “My fellow Americans”, these are words we probably have heard many times before, Presidents have uttered them in addressing the nation, they always have the same connotation every time they are spoken, that all of us are Americans, notice please that the statement is not My fellow Christians. That’s because being an American does not automatically indicate being a Christian, one of the reasons this is such a great country is that we have specific rights guaranteed by our government, such as the right to free speech, the right to bear arms, freedom of the press and as…show more content…
I suggest that it is not only possible but highly probable that these laws which are basic common sense and much archeological evidence points to have existing in practice if not in some sort of written form as “guidelines” for the earliest of human settlements were influential upon the writers of The Bible not the inverse.
Christianity while it is representative of great ethical standards is a religion. A way of life, as such that it is an intricate part of the lives and world view of its believers, as do all religions, equally. Is it possible that the founders actually wanted their legacy to be a nation founded on one religious belief after establishing through forceful adherence to their ideals gain the ability to guarantee themselves and their children, certain civil rights including the right to express their individual religious beliefs, no matter how many of them a minority belief, without persecution for doing so by the government?
In answer to this question I offer the first amendment which states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Ratified on December 15th 17913 this clearly states that our government by their design shall make no law respecting the establishment or free exercise of religious views, If we were to
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