Religion in America
Living in the United States can be confusing at times, but never more confusing as when religion is involved. Even though we are inundated from our earliest days that freedom of religion is one of the basic rights that all Americans enjoy. Unfortunately though as with anything religion, it works to separate people into rival groups. America has been known as a Christian nation and that is all well and good as long as you are a Christian too. If you aren’t then your experience in the land of the free may not be so pleasant to experience.
A Christian Nation
The United States is the largest Christian nation in the world and there is no shortage of reminders. From the minting of money to the swearing in of politicians, a constant reminder of the value of claiming Christianity as your core belief system is important. Religion in any part of the world is a simple tool that is used to control the behavior of people. In the Middle Ages it was used to justify the large inequities that existed between rich and poor. Poor people were assured that they would be rewarded for their good behavior in this life in heaven. Today the control has justified everything from slavery to the new restrictive laws stemming from the Patriot Act.
Religion in America has managed to move fare away from God as many clearly unethical and discriminatory things are done in the name of God. Some people commit violent acts and justify them because the victims of the act do not worship God the same way that they do. The more you investigate 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 forms 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 there would be a lot less hate in the world and fewer people who suffered.
Religion is designed to separate people into two simple groups, us and them. When this separation occurs then each group can justify almost any action toward the other, stretching from robbery to murder. These separations are the dangerous aspects of religion that needs to be avoided completely. If the world would focus on the things that we have in common in the ways that we worship God and less on the differences, then America would be a much more peaceful and accepting place.
Religion in the United States is considered a way of life to many people. Whether you go to a church, synagogue, or mosque, they are all a form of religious expression. As a person one is entitled to worship whatever or whomever they believe in and that cannot be taken away from that person by anyone.
Religion is supposed to be belief in one s worshipped being on a daily basis without question from others but now it has been turned into something much more then just worship. It has now become a competition of which religion is right and which is wrong.
This is becoming a very big issue in the United States simply because as a Nation we feel that we cannot interact with other people simply because of their religion. There are a few exceptions of course but as a nation we simply will not interact with people that believe in something different than what we believe in. The reason for this childish behavior is because we become frightened by the mere thought of interacting with someone that has different religious views than you.
This applies to many other things in every day life, such as racial views though religion is very big issue as well. There are people of course that will interact with people that are from a different religion but as a whole nation the chances are slim-to-nil as to us getting together and interacting with other religions aside from business deals and things of that sort.
If there were a poll taken that would measure statistically how many people of Islamic belief communicate on a daily basis with people of Judaic belief on more then just business conversation or just a mere Hello every day while walking by each other there is with out a shadow of a doubt that statistically the results would be very slim. As a Jew this boggles the mind. When thought of, one can ponder about this issue for days and not reach a conclusion as to how this issue can be resolved.
Regardless to how we want to live life the world is not a perfect place where our viewpoints count for much. People need to understand that life should be taken for what it is, and not what it can be. Although this is a sad reality it is still a reality, which should be taken very seriously.
Religion is something beautiful in its own right and we as a people should work with that to better ourselves as people. One can very well bring up the point of easier said then done but it does not have to be that way if we all just work together to better ourselves. If we could set aside our religious differences and learn to leave them aside we would be able to communicate and have relationships with our fellow Americans. We would also be able to realize the true meaning of religion and accept it for what it really is-an expression of your belief's and not competition to see who can have the strongest connection with whomever we believe in.
If we could accomplish this, than as a nation we would be religiously unified and would be able to accomplish great things for our now united nation.