The United States of America is the largest Christian nation in the world, and the vast amount of reminders throughout everyday life makes it impossible to forget. From the minting of money to the swearing in of politicians, a constant reminder of the value of claiming Christianity as the core belief system seems to be crucial Religion is used to control the behavior of people, and this goes for anywhere and anytime in the world.., not just modern—day United States.
The real question is: Are Americans actually true people of religion, or just ignorant people using the Bible to justify their actions and allow them to put up a front? Religion in the America we know today has managed to move away from God, as many clearly unethical, ignorant, and discriminatory things are done in His name. Some people commit violent acts andjustify them because the victims of the act do not worship God the same exact way that they do.
The more you look into it the less that religion seems to have to do with God, and the more it has to do with the people who are “practicing” it.
The true form of any organized religion including Christianity have a core at the center which constitutes love. If people let love guide their actions in all things, and ignored religion, I believe that there would be a lot less hate in the world and way less people would be suffering Religion is, at its very root, designed to separate people into two simple groups: us and them.
When this separation happens then each group can justify almost any action toward the other, Stretching from theft to even murder. These separations are the dangerous sides of religion that need to be avoided completely In the essay, “If I Ruled The World,” this dark side of religion is shown through the point of view of Cassie Her hate speech about homosexuals and abortion, amongst other things, illustrates this hateful behavior that many use religion to justify. [n a way, this is tainting the once pure values of religion that it once hoped to preserve. Another question that came up when reading this essay was: Does belief in America’s distinctive democracy (a government with clear limits defined by the natural rights of the governed) entail religious belief? As many know, our government is shrouded in religious beliefs.
I personally believe that religion could be important and helpful to the flourishing of our democracy; however, I do not believe it is necessary for good citizenship. Regarding the question of our government’s logic, I do not think the idea of natural rights requires a religious foundation I would answer that religion is helpful and important but not quite essential, Why? Because the values and hateful actions that the “religion” that most people have in America today are corrupt and straying away from the actual Word. Having religion more involved in politics could be an issue. Proponents of conservative views that require argument from empirical facts and generally accepted principles, instead assert them with religious fervor. Opponents are understandably irritated by the irrationality of these types of claims that distinctively modern questions about capitalist government were answered in the Bible 2000 years ahead of time. This sort of appeal to religious considerations would be a good start toward reducing the acrimony and frustration of our political debates. We claim to be a country where freedom to be yourself is allowed. However, many (including those in politics) use the word of God to justify their pr0»life agendas, enact racism, discriminate against homosexuals, amongst much more We should be called “The country of hypocrites” rather than the “land of the free.”