Civil Rights and Religion Essay

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Federalism and Religious Freedoms: The Importance of and the Adherence to the Separation of Church and State in a Multicultural Environment

Although it is clear that many religious concepts were embedded into the original drafting of the Constriction and the Nation's laws, maintaining a separation of church and state in the official capacity allowed the country to prosper in many ways. Having civil laws that govern beyond religious controls allows for a level of stability that can accommodate many difference ideologies.

Federalism and Religious Freedoms

A Federalist design works to protect religion and religious leaders by allowing them to operate freely without any state intervention.

Main Point

• Although religions receive many protections, there are many issues that put the church and state at odds when the religious ideology conflicts with the secular freedoms which have been present since the founding in varying forms and degrees; obvious examples in today's society could be illustrated by abortion and stem-cell research.

• Contrary to a general misconception, however, the Puritans also made lasting contributions to America's tradition of religious liberty by disapproving of an ecclesiastical judiciary, and by cautiously differentiating between civil and religious control; for approximately four generations, the Puritans experienced an unmitigated independence to carry out their political and religious experiments (Elliot, 2002).

• Religious groups have been struggling to find the right balance between religion and civil law, however the underlying principles of the need for the separation have been a core component of the country's development.

• The balance between the powers of church and state can be complicated in many cases, the existence of the balance provides a level of stability.

Main Point 2: In today's society the tension between religion and civil rights is a salient as it has ever been.

• The constitution protects individuals from discrimination in the public sphere by guaranteeing a set of basic rights and freedoms.

• However, there are many religious groups that claim that their religious freedoms entitle them to have some discriminatory powers relative to individuals that are in opposition to their religious beliefs.

• U.S. Civil Rights Commission issued a report recently outlining some of the contemporary tensions in the balance….....

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Works Cited

Davidson, J. (2016, September 9). Civil rights or religious liberty -- what's on top? Retrieved from The Washington Post:

Dorner, J. (2013, December 12). Religous Liberty for All? Retrieved from American Progress:

Elliot, C. (2002). Federalism and Religious Liberty. Retrieved from Law and Religion:

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