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Bethani Halls FDAMF 101:37 L06 – Teach One Another How was our understanding of religious freedom changed from colonial times to today? How should religious freedom be protected today without compromising the rights of non- believers? In colonial times, America was viewed as an escape for those that desired religious freedom. This was the driving factor that brought so many immigrants to our country with the prospect of worshiping how and what they may. There was no division between religion and government since our Founding Fathers understood that there can be no morality without religion. In letters written to the Massachusetts Militia, John Adams firmly believed, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.” Understanding and acceptance of religion had been a part of public life and American tradition for many years but we see now that these fundamental principles are experiencing hostility and intolerance. We see today that slowly, bit-by-bit, our religious freedoms are being taken away. No longer can we pray or read from the bible in school; for fear that we are violating
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