Understanding Chrsitian Hegemony in the United States of America

The United States promotes itself to its citizens and to the rest of the world as a place built on freedom, and a land free of oppression. This country prides itself on the idea of coexistence and that the power rests on all people equally.  Religious freedom is a theme seen often in American culture. The main reason for the first settlers to come to America was to escape the British persecution regarding the freedom to practice religion.  In order to allow that this type of freedom will continued Thomas Jefferson proposed the idea of the separation of church and state expressed in the first amendment. These good intentions however are not seen nearly as much in practice. It seems counterintuitive that in a country where all religions are considered equal that christian ideals and people are seen as more having more importance in society. The values of christianity have a unfair hold on American attitudes ideas and policy making in this country.

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4 Responses to Understanding Chrsitian Hegemony in the United States of America

  1. davidbdale says:

    A couple of technical notes before we examine your Proposal, Studentwriter.
    1. The Name of Your Post. Please follow the naming protocol to make it easier to find your posts later. (Proposal—Studentwriter, not Studentwriter—Proposal) Thank you. I have changed yours already.
    2. Your Categories. Please be careful with these. Yours was in A02: Purposeful Summaries. We would never have found it in the A05 feed. You also neglected to categorize in your Username (studentwriter) category. I have fixed both of these.
    3. Links. Please link urls to your sources (as you have done for your Hondagneu-Sotelo article) so I can find them as I interact with your post. I want to be as helpful as possible, so please don’t make me search for your links.

    Please reply that you understand. Thank you, studentwriter.
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  2. davidbdale says:

    It seems counterintuitive that in a country where all religions are considered equal that christian ideals and people are seen as more having more importance in society. The values of christianity have a unfair hold on American attitudes ideas and policy making in this country.

    Among all the challenging notions I’ve seen in student proposals, studentwriter, yours is among the most challenge-y!

    The sooner you get past the introductory material (founding fathers, flight from England) and begin to detail the contemporary hold Christianity has on the American psyche, the better. Your sources are impressive. You appear determined to avoid getting caught up in someone else’s newsy argument. I like what I’m seeing so far.

    Reply, please, with an illustration or two of the effects of pursuing a non-Christian set of beliefs in a majority-Christian America. Your brief Intro is by nature not specific, but your essay will have to be very detailed in order to be persuasive. Some examples, please, of the results.

    Keep the conversation going.
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  3. davidbdale says:

    StudentWriter, you have not posted yourself an assignment here. Reply, please.

  4. studentwriter1212 says:

    I will summarize and find more links that back up my information while cleaning up careless mistakes in my proposal.

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