Passive and Active American Pluralism

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Passive and Active American Pluralism Religious pluralism is the coexistence of different religions in one place, where practitioners from one sect can live aside those of another without religious conflict. There exists some sort of a civil religion, that although it may be based on the majority religion of a nation, it is widely accepted by most people. Throughout America’s past, pluralism has changed and expanded to encompass the new and different religions that have entered our nation. When America was first inhabited by the Protestants from England, Catholics from Ireland, and Jews from Europe, “passive pluralism meant the three mainline religions of the United States sought to claim only the acknowledgement of their place in the religious mixture of citizenship and social life” (Hecht, 143). Each religion had its respective followers, specific places of worship, and individual customs and traditions. This was passive pluralism, where the religions were known and established in America, but they did not have an influence over public time or space. As time went on, however, the United States established herself as a powerful and relatively “fair” nation. Strides were being taken to make all of America’s citizens equal, such as the Civil Rights Movement, women being granted the right to vote in 1934, and the economy was being rebuilt after the Great Depression. America was looked upon by the rest of the world as an attractive place, and was about to become even more so in 1965. Under President Lyndon Johnson, the House of Representatives passed the United States
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2012 for the course REL 2300 taught by Professor Staff during the Summer '08 term at University of Florida.

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