America's True History of Religious Tolerance

You might think that modern America is losing ground on one of its founding principles: religious freedom. But the concept was never universal. Since the first settlers, people are all for the freedom of their own religion, but not so much for other people's religions.
In newly independent America, there was a crazy quilt of state laws regarding religion. In Massachusetts, only Christians were allowed to hold public office, and Catholics were allowed to do so only after renouncing papal authority. In 1777, New York State’s constitution banned Catholics from public office (and would do so until 1806). In Maryland, Catholics had full civil rights, but Jews did not. Delaware required an oath affirming belief in the Trinity. Several states, including Massachusetts and South Carolina, had official, state-supported churches.

Smithsonian magazine looks at how religious intolerance reared its head over the course of American history. Link

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We've all got some sort of bias. The atheists here like to troll around about religion, proud of their beliefs. Truth is, often even moderate christians, atheists, muslims, jews, hindus, buddhists, etc, hate somebody, even just slightly.
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There is a reason I have stayed away from religion all my life. I am not going to become arrogant enough to state that I know what happens when I die, how the world was made, and know if there is a god and what it would want. It creates a lot of violence and hatred. So I am an atheist. I don't really care if god exists or not, I don't personally think so. What matters most is I don't separate myself from others on base of which book I read or what culture I follow. I don't mind if people believe in god, but I find organized religion to be very wrong in many ways.
This article furthers that feeling.
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No one in America is trying to tell muslims that they cannot worship here. They are free to be who they are. There is no frenzy of anti-muslim backlash going on, people. Be serious.

What many people do not like is the way these same muslims (or people who appear to speak for them) ask Americans to be sensitive to THEIR wants (in other words, giving in to their constant cries of discrimination, etc) while they completely forget to be sensitive towards us and our non-islamic culture.

This is America, after all. NOT an islamic theocracy. If they want to live somewhere where their desires as muslims take precedent over all else, they can go live elsewhere. In those places, Christians and Jews have to tow the line or pay dearly. Islam is NOT tolerant.
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