While of course America has a freedom of religion for some people in this country – other groups getting the rights that these religious groups have always had they claim they are being attacked for their religious beliefs.
Your understanding of Freedom of Speech is correct.
Asking some people, they would say yes, some people believe unless you are preaching the greatness of Jesus then you should not be included on the national dialog – Yes, I am in America. Well we have to say they have the right to their religious belief and the government cannot attempt to intertwine with religion though personally I do not like that many religions get tax exemption and such but.. that is the law – which I think should be changed but doubt it will.
I also agree that not everyone can be forced to believe what they [Christians] believe or any other belief structure.
I agree that Religion and Politics are things that should not be mixed.. but sadly in America – on the national stage – the likelihood of someone getting elected without the usual church speeches, without the usual dinners at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner which is a Catholic Dinner thrown where many politicians, priests, archbishops etc meet, give speeches and pretty much every modern president has went to these dinners… to say that you are not religious would make it harder to get elected. Currently America has not one open atheist in congress – congress has 535 members, so in a nation where 2% of people are apparently atheists then you would hope for at least one.. we had one atheist, Pete Stark, but he lost his seat to another Democrat back in 2012…
I am an agnostic atheist and often when debating politics, somehow everything leads back to that – especially when I am debating someone who is a conservative – seems my being pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, etc is because I lack morals and that is of course *sarcasm* because I am an atheist.
I do not know about it being more recent.. in America at least.. Roe v Wade which legalized abortion happened in 1973 so around 40 years… when did abortion become legal in your country?
No, do not misunderstand me, I am not speaking of voting, I mean actually getting political active, the many issues with America is that people vote and after that they rarely take any active roles in politics. I mean getting the young people to volunteer at political offices, work with organizations, getting actually involved in politics and the systemic and systematic issues with the political structure.
I am actually well aware of the whole baby boomers vs gen x and gen y people since America is going through the same things.. that is why it is mostly the conservatives whose main backers are he 55+ crowd that are anti abortion, anti gay marriage and pro giving businesses many tax breaks while cutting social programs etc.
During the days of our [America] baby boomers the government invested much more per student in education, we had a growing middle class, strong business structure but around the late 1970s when the United States Supreme Court said that businesses could spend however much they want in politics you saw a huge shift in the 1980s when Reagan cut social programs, cut mental health by 30%, cut education by 20% .. and now you have the unstable market we have now in America…
America is similar with respect to the whole rural areas vs city dwellers as well, which is a bit funny since the rural areas tend to be the most anti government… yet they tend to get the most governmental funds..
Free university or more aptly tax payer funded university since it is not actually “free” there are costs to it but having these publicly funded universities are better for a country because we America saw when we used to have lots of publicly funded colleges and universities you saw an entrepreneurial age where you saw many people going to colleges, starting businesses which then employed others which lowers unemployment which is great for keeping inflation in check..
America has similar issues with respect to conservatives wanting to cut health care funds which would have longer wait periods but …they do this because they want the health care system to fail so they can say SEE GOVERNMENT CANNOT RUN ANYTHING!!!!..
I disagree. I believe that abortion is wrong and that women do not have the right to abort their children. Just because I am Pro-Life doesn't mean I'm out to take away the rights of women. I'm a woman myself. I'm against abortion because it's murder. People who support abortion are not Pro-Choice...they are Pro-Murder. You are taking away the right to life of a unborn human being. You can disagree with me all you want. I'm only telling the truth. I'm not here to bully or mistreat anyone. The baby is alive inside the womb. Life begins at conception.