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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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Indicator Historical Trend
Grade Date Headline Source
HIGH 11 Jun 2023 Preacher Arrested for Quoting Bible in Philadelphia [UK Daily Mail]
HIGH 02 Nov 2021 Oregon City Limits How Often a Church Feeds the Homeless [Vice]
LOW 11 Jan 2021 Federal Judges Knock down NY Gov's Limits on Church Attendance [Epoch Times]
HIGH 03 Jan 2021 New Mexico Gov Fines Churches $10,000 Each for Holding Christmas Eve Services [Headline USA]
HIGH 30 Dec 2020 Court Rules NY Governor's Anti-Religious Quarantine Order Unconstitutional [PJ Media]
HIGH 24 Dec 2020 Federal Court Blocks California Church’s Bid for In-Person Worship on Christmas [Daily Caller]
HIGH 09 Oct 2020 Orthodox Jews Say They're Being Targeted by New NYC Lockdowns [Reason]
HIGH 17 Sep 2020 LA County Health Order Briefly Bans Observing Religious Holidays [CBS]
MOD 19 Aug 2020 CA Prosecutor Threatens Worshippers with Jail Time If They Continue to Attend Church [Western Journalism]
HIGH 03 Jul 2020 California Bans Singing in Church [Breitbart]
LOW 02 Jul 2019 California Assembly Resolves That Churches Should Accept Homosexuality [New American]
LOW 10 Mar 2019 Washington State Trying to Force Churches to Pay for Abortions in Their Health Insurance Plans [LifeNews]
HIGH 15 Aug 2018 Colorado Going after Christian Baker Again [Daily Sheeple]
MOD 23 May 2018 High School censors valedictorian speech thanking Christ [CBS]
LOW 28 Nov 2017 DC metro bans religion from Christmas ads [Washington Examiner]
MOD 08 Oct 2017 Kansas demands anti-vaxxers cite religious denomination and teachings [Kansas City Star]
LOW 29 Jul 2017 Lesbian mom asks Christian judge to recuse himself from divorce case []
MOD 27 Jun 2017 Christian woman who was told by police to stop praying at home loses court battle [Heatst]
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]