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religious standings

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1 Lacy McGrath 11/27/07 MWF 9:00-9:50 Prof. Hjamil A. Martínez-Vázquez Religious Standings In Daniel Miguez’s article “Exploring the Argentinian Case: Religious Motives in the Growth of Latin American Pentecostalism”, he comments that “when there is no official religion imposed by the state, all religions have an equal standing and may present their offers to the people” (pg 221 Miguez). In the context of Latin America, this statement may be true, but in an American context this statement is not at all true. As much as America would have other countries and their citizens believe that it is true. Rather, America, is full of its own prejudices and stereotypes regarding religions that aren’t based on the beliefs of Christianity. America prides itself on being a country that allows it citizens the freedom to choose what religion a person wants to believe in, rather than only having one official state religion. Yet for all of its talk about being tolerant of other people’s beliefs and allowing people to choose what they believe in, America is still prejudicial against religions that are different from Christianity. Take for example the people that practice Islam and Santeria.
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