Freedom of faith is one of the main
doctrines through which the American system of governance is based. It is a
fundamental right that also protects the integrity of an individual as well as
allowing an individual to express, think, and act upon their beliefs. Religion
varies from one society to the other, and the major religious denominations
include Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, Atheists, and Judaism (Maussen &
Grillo, 2014). Religion has a special role in society. Religion helps exert a
positive influence on society because the community needs social, spiritual,
and physical guidance under a neutral place.
In America and also globally, freedom
of religion is eroding. There is a lot of goodwill that the community and
church members can do to strengthen and maintain religious freedom (Maussen
& Grillo, 2014). However, religious institutions, individuals as well as
churches face increasing limitations to serve the community or to express their
beliefs. Politicians mock the claims of spiritual integrity among the
believers, while the government actors and entities treat religious expression
and freedom as barriers to be broken down rather than values to be protected.
Religion prohibits certain practices,
for example, abortion. But there are various contexts within the society
whereby individuals are required to undergo such vices against their religious
beliefs (Maussen & Grillo, 2014). For instance, health care professionals
and employers promote an increase in abortion in certain provisions like in
school-going children, thereby going against the societal beliefs and morals.
The rise in disregard for religious freedom presents a standoff from the
American tradition of promoting religious expressions and practices to a
pragmatic form of expression.
In conclusion, freedom of religion
helps individuals protect their spiritual and cultural morals. Religion
involves the expression of the public’s moral and social issues. However,
limitations by the government as well as private organizations, have created a
loophole towards the beliefs and practices of one’s faith.
Maussen, M., & Grillo, R. (2014).
Regulation of Speech in Multicultural Societies: Introduction. Journal of
Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40(2), 174-193.