Freedom Of Religion : The United States Essay

1249 Words May 12th, 2016 null Page
Freedom of religion, like every other right that we have here in America, exists only to the extent that the government is willing to protect it. I imagine that, to most of the founding fathers, the extent of religious freedom was really just something along the lines of, “hey, you can choose what kind of Christian you are!” Times change, though, and with them, our society. As the beliefs of the majority in society adapt we, at least in theory, elect leaders who will reflect our new interests; to my understanding, that’s how this whole democracy thing is supposed to go. For the system to function in the way that it should, everyone should theoretically be able to get an equal say in these things. That’s obviously not how things work in reality. Never minding things like lobbying, there are certain groups that have extra difficulties even voting. Native American groups in particular are at a particular disadvantage when it comes to electing the representatives who would be supporting their interests. The simplest, most obvious impediment to voting is the physical or legal inability to do so, both of which are issues within indigenous communities. Those who live on reservations are often impeded form voting their physical proximity from polling places. As of May 2015, Nevada’s Duck Valley Reservation was two hours away from the nearest polling place; The Goshute Reservation in Utah’s closest polling place was two hours and twenty-five minutes away. These are not the only…

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