The Importance Of Religious Freedom In The First Amendment

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In the U.S. we are fortunate to live in a country that has a constitution that protects our freedom and rights as human beings. One important piece of the constitution is the first amendment which protects are religious freedom. The right to practice any religion is often taken for granted living here in the United States. We are fortunate that our government does not force a specific type of religion for to practice as citizens of this country. Our country should not be stereotyped to follow one religion, we have many cultures and religions that make up our country. The free exercise clause is an important part of having religious freedom in the United States. It basically states that the government cannot make laws stating what religion …show more content…
The establishment clause are guidelines set in place to limit the involvement of government with religious practices. More importantly, to limit influence of religious bias by the government especially in establishments supported by the government, I.e. public schools. The government must be fair to all religions and faiths and cannot choose to support one religion over another …show more content…
Vitale, 1962 is a situation where by parents of students in NY protested against the use of prayer at their school. These prayers were led by teachers and principals who were employees of the state. It was argued and agreed in favor that the government could not delegate or support religious worship activity. The 1st amendment prevents the government from influencing religion in any shape or form, to include prayer.
Wisconsin vs. Yoder case is an example of a controversy involving the free exercise of religion. In this case parents of Amish children refused to send their children to public school past the 8th grade since it was against their religious beliefs. Attending school past 8th grade would have worldly influence on their children and against Amish beliefs. The court ruled in favor of the Amish stating that continuing school past the 8th grade would be in conflict with the way of life for the Amish

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