The Value Of Faith And Religion

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Shayndel Saldana
Mr. Woods
English II
February 10, 2017
The Value of Faith and Religion We often take advantage of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution that states that we have the right to practice any religion we desire. It is a civil right many people do not appreciate nearly enough. We do not realize that people in other countries do not have this privilege. In other countries, innocent people are being persecuted, killed, and tortured because of their religion and their religious practices. The most notable is the genocide of Jews during World War II. Many Jews were killed by Nazis and many more died in the concentration camps due to the harsh and cruel conditions they were forced to endure. Unfortunately,
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Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never” (32). Many people believe that religious persecution/discrimination came to a halt after World War II, but it continues up to today. Discrimination of people because of their religious choices is still very common. A Jewish man named Issac Weiss was discriminated by other extremely religious Jews in his community, simply because he did not strictly adhere to the laws of the Orthodox Jews in his community. Religious persecution, unfortunately, has also increased in the past few years. According to a recent study, countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, and other countries in the Middle East have very high and strict limitations on religious freedom. “There are all sorts of violent persecutions taking place today, and I would probably rate the massacre of Shiite Muslims in Pakistan and Iraq, along with the massacre of everyday Muslims and Christians in northern Nigeria, at least as high as persecution of Christians in various places” (Barlow). Ethnic and race persecution is also a very serious problem in many countries. In the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, it states that we have the right to practice any religion or to not practice any religion at all. We often take advantage of this amendment. A recent study showed that by the year 2012, religious persecution and
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