Religious freedom is one of the most important issues in America. Many people believe America was founded solely on Christian values, but in reality, it included people of other religions or even people with no religious beliefs. Over the centuries Christianity has largely influenced laws in the country. Initially it would be viewed as a good thing, but when other people’s freedoms are limited by these laws then that’s when they have gone too far.
Laws governing marriage were recently overturned after decades of battling, finally allowing same-sex couples the same right as man-woman marriages. A lot of the opponents would use the marriage is defined between a man and a woman in the bible excuse. What they need to realize is the US is not a theocracy, and not everyone is obligated to follow Christian beliefs. There should have been no debate as to whether two consenting adults could enter into a marriage and the law should have been changed decades ago without protest.
Christianity’s influence has also spread into public schools, government buildings, and even on money. On the surface there is nothing wrong with this, provided other religions, or the lack of one, are represented as well. Normally this isn’t the case. Some public schools have banned all religious activities, but for those that allow it, students are the ones who organize the events for it. Problems crop up when alternative religions or atheism themed events are held and the parents of the Christian students fight back saying that it shouldn’t be allowed.
This article isn’t meant to pick specifically on Christianity. Some countries laws are based around a religion with some freedom for other beliefs. Even if you don’t believe the in the religion, you still have to obey the law of the religion, no matter how ridiculous it may seem. Sharia law in Muslim countries is the most referenced but in itself there are several laws and moral codes. There are countries that strictly enforce it and others that sometimes turn a blind eye. These religious laws are part of an outdated view and sometimes clash with the progression of humanity and the technological advancements we have made.
If you want to believe in a certain set of beliefs that is fine, but don’t prevent someone else from believing in their own beliefs. People have the right to freedom from religion. If a law is based around a religious idea then that law should be illegal since it is not true freedom of or from religion. This is so important that it is the very first amendment of the US Constitution, and to ignore this is stupid.