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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