The United States And Religious Neutrality

1658 Words Apr 25th, 2016 7 Pages
In the United States, religious neutrality appears throughout society as an attempt to respect majority and minority religions, which seems implausible due to the complicated relationship between religion and government. When the government makes legal decisions involving religion, the ideal of neutrality seemingly dissipates when one faith appears to garner more respect over another in earning the majority decision in the Courts. This impossibility of state neutrality is apparent when balancing citizens’ freedom to practice their religion with the government choosing one religious value over another. This idea of balance originates in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution which declares, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” (The Constitution of the United States, Amendment 1). The intent of the First Amendment is to provide the security to practice religion freely without government intervention or limits. Further, because the government is meant to maintain religious neutrality, this noninterference of religion is supposed to reach through all branches of government, government agencies, and their employees. For example, a school board president in California who began and ended his meetings with explicitly Christian prayers, and infiltrated his meetings with talk of Jesus, is being sued for bringing religion into a public school. An issue that arises on the Courts side in making…
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