Why religious freedom is not in danger

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Whyreligiousfreedomis not in danger

Thecommonbeliefthatreligiousfreedomis under attackis unfoundedandmisleading. Althoughitiswidelybelievedthatreligiousfreedomis under attack,theexistenceof lawsandpoliciesthat seekto preventthediscriminationof personson thebasisof their faithindicatesthatthefreedomis not in danger.Religiouslibertyhas alwaysbeenat theheartof theU.S. visionofequity.To thisend,thestatehas formulatednumerouslawsthat protectbeliefsheldby allAmericans. Forexample,theFirst Amendment guaranteesthelibertyof religionby statingthatallAmericans shall enjoytheprivilegesandbenefitsof thesocialirrespective of their faithdifferences(Washington 1). Thecourts(includingtheSupreme Court) are under theobligationto administerjusticewithin theconfinesof theexistinglaws.Thismeansthatthejudicialsystemhas beenattackingreligiousfreedomis a misconceptionsince religiouslibertyisalreadyprotectedby thelawsthat governthecourts.

Inaddition,theincreasesin terrorist attacks(suchas theSeptember 11) havecreateda notionthatreligiouslibertyis in danger.However,theongoingstudiesare provingthatterroristsare motivatedto engagein thistypeof crimeby differentfactorsotherthan religiousbeliefs.Forexample,analystshaveidentifiedthatOsama binLaden wasorganizedSeptember 11 attackbecausehefeltthatthepeopleof theMiddle East hadsufferedfrom iniquity,aggression,andinjusticefrom America andits allies,suchas Israel (Grain 2).Thisindicatesthatterrorist attackersare not targeting religionas itiswidelybelieved,buttheywantto senda messageto America. Therefore,there is nolinkbetween terrorist attacksandreligiousliberty.

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Althoughmanypeopleputalotofemphasison thefreedomof religion,Ihavecometo realizethatreligiouslibertydoesnot matterto meanymore.Thisisbecausewith orwithout fightingforreligiousliberty,theconstitutionandotherlegislationsprovidesufficientprotectionfrom beingdiscriminatedagainst.By statingthis,Idonot meanthatfreedomof religionis not importantto me,butIwantto implythatIhavenoneedto fightforitsince itisalreadyguaranteed.In essence,Ifeelproudandfreein mycountry,evenwithout theconsiderationof religiousliberty.In addition,religiouslibertyis a fundamentalrightthat not eventhestatecan takeitaway.Therefore,itdoesnot matterifthestategivesmethefreedomof libertyornot formeto enjoythebenefitsandprivilegesthat are availablein thesociety.

Religiouslibertyalsodoesnot matterto otherindividualsandsocialgroups.Forexample,religiousgroupshaveexpressedtheir lackof concernwith thereligiousfreedom.Althoughthere is nearunanimityconcerningthesignificanceof religiousfreedom,differentreligiousgroupsin theU.S. havestatedthatreligiouslibertyis significant,butitis not absolute(Jones 1). In addition,theCatholics havestartedhavestarteddivertingtheir attentionfrom religiousfreedomandstartedweighingthereligiousfreedomwith against otherfactors.Forexample,whenassessingtheorganizationsthat debateagainst orfortheuseof contraceptivestheCatholics are moreconcerned about whethertheorganizationsare primarilyreligious,loosely associatedwith religiousgroupsorfundedby thefederalgovernment.Therefore,peopleare engagingin publicdebateswith theobjectivesof benefitingthesocietyat largeandnot in thepursuitof religiousfreedom.

Workscited

Grain,S. What actually motivated Osama bin Laden. U.S.News World Report.3 March. 2011. Web. 6 April 2015.

Jones,P. For most Americans, religious liberty important but not absolute.ReligiousNews Services.21 March. 2012. Web. 6 April 2015.

Washington,G. Combatingreligious discrimination and protecting religious freedom banner.Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, 2015. Web.