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Do you believe that the issue of religion is overly exaggerated in the United States?
It's not that it's exaggerated, it's just that we are not agreeing on "one way", where in fact there are many and there should be many. I think the problem with religion in the United States is that because it is a melting pot full of different people from different worlds, we bring a diversity in culture and we keep trying to keep it "united" in one religion and it will not work that way. If you compare the U.S. to any other country in the world, that seems to be the only issue; diversity.
Our forefathers left England because they did not want to be prosecuted for there choice of religion. So yes, it is overly exaggerated, especially when it comes to politics. That is why we separated church from government.
I do believe it is over exaggerated. Religion is supposed to be a personal belief system, not a tool for manipulation. I remember during the democratic national convention, some extremists pointed out that the word 'god' didn't appear in their mission statement. So, in order to appease that group, they hastily held a vote to put god back in there. It was an oral vote that was quite obviously tied between the yes and nos. However, because they knew they had to put it in there, they gave it to the yes voters and amended the statement. It's annoying that, in order to have political power, one must be adhered to god specifically. It bleeds into other mainstream things, but that moment in particular told me that we put way too much emphasis on religion in the United States.
I don't see it as overly exaggerated. No one brings up the topic at work. I don't hear it in the grocery store. I don't see it discussed in the magazines on display in the check out line. So, it isn't a factor in daily life unless one chooses to seek out others for a conversation.
Politically, I don't think religion plays as great a role as the nay sayers would have one believe. Most politicians who have attempted to pull out the religion card have faded from the limelight shortly thereafter. How do you know an atheist hasn't been president? You only know that a professed atheist hasn't been president. I probably wouldn't vote for a candidate who went out of their way to insist everyone knew they didn't believe in God. That would be playing the religion card also. Strongly professed faith in anything negates your appeal to me.
And, I know people will say what about issues such as abortion. We also have strong factions who are pushing for animal rights from a moral standpoint. Not motivated by religion, yet attempting to railroad legislation through. There are many other examples of attempts to change policy in order to ensure personal values are forced on all of us. I sometimes wonder why Christians are singled out when so many others are attempting the same things.
Wow, I'd love to live where you do. Religion is talked about everywhere here. It's brought up at work, the grocery store, festivals, every where!
It is entirely possible that I don't get out enough.
No. However, the other R-word, racism, surely is overly exaggerated.
Yes it is over exaggerated in the U.S.This country was founded by people looking to escape religious persecution and built on the premise of freedom of religion for all peoples. Now, we have hypocritically flipped the coin and are now doing to others the same thing that our founding fathers were escaping. It has become so rampant that Believers are turning against their own for having a difference of opinion regarding their books. It's all just a big mess all around
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