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FREE EXERCISE of RELIGION is PROHIBITED

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FREE EXERCISE of RELIGION is PROHIBITED

An established church is a threat to the free exercise of religion. Congress is forbidden from legislating a national religion. This could appear, for example, in the form of the Federal Government paying the salaries of a particular sect's clergy. The Establishment of Religion Clause only requires no preference in the law between denominations.
Our ancestors traveled to America to worship freely. They fled the English Civil War and religious conflict on the continent. The greatest example is the Puritans, who escaped the persecution of the King and Church of England. Today, this natural right is still withheld from much of humanity. Besides Islam, adherence to which is forced throughout Asia and Africa, there are numerous cases of modern state religions. The degree of enforcement in each example varies, and this list is not exhaustive:
- Anglicanism in England
- Buddhist in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Bhutan
- Calvinism in Scotland
- Eastern Orthodoxy in Greece, Georgia, and Bulgaria
- Juche in North Korea
- Judaism in Israel
- Lutheranism in Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden
- Methodism in Tonga
- Roman Catholicism in Costa Rica, Malta, Poland and Spain
Compelling individuals to practice or support a single religion leads to oppression and violence everywhere it is tried. However, when our public figures communicate religious sentiments without forcing anyone to agree or participate in ceremonies, nonadherents can hardly claim they are not full members of the American nation. In fact, efforts to purge all expression of religion from public discourse may eventually result in the same subjugation and strife we wanted to avoid in the first place.
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Full Indicator Record

Grade Date Headline Source
LOW 03 May 2017 City in Iowa shuts down church for helping the homeless [Daily Sheeple]
HIGH 04 Mar 2017 Christian bakers forced to pay $135,000 for refusing to bake gay 'wedding' cake [Daily Caller]
HIGH 16 Feb 2017 Washington State Supreme Court forces business to provide flowers to same-sex weddings [Daily Caller]

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