Synopsis This chapter conveys the history, religion, and culture of the Jewish people from its Biblical origins to the present.
And yet when compared with the rest of the world — where these two very factors alone have so often engendered horrible religious wars and decades of enduring conflict — the history of religious conflict in the United States seems almost nonexistent.
That is not to say the United States has been immune to its share of conflict explicitly rooted in religion. This paper explores the various manifestations of religious conflict throughout the history of the United States, from the Revolutionary War to the attacks of September 11th and their fallout.
A distinction is drawn between religious intolerance, which is not the focus of this paper, and outright religious persecution or violence. Similarly, the paper reflects efforts made to de-conflate religious conflict from ethnic and racial conflict, which has been much more prominent throughout the history of the United States.
In examining the history of religious violence, intolerance, discrimination, and persecution in the United States, we arrive at some possible explanations for why the United States has seen such minimal religious conflict despite being so religiously diverse.
The Revolution It has been said that the United States is a nation founded on religious conflict. The colonies were settled by those escaping religious persecution in Europe.
There is even some evidence that religion played a major role in the American Revolution and that revolutionaries believed it was willed by God for the Americans to wage war against the British. Due to the distance from England and the room in the colonies, many religions were able to establish themselves in America, colony by colony.
For example, Anglicans, who conformed to the Church of England, populated Virginia. Massachusetts was home to the Puritans. Pennsylvania was full of Quakers.
Baptists ruled in Rhode Island. The American colonists saw the revolution not only as a war for political independence, but to protect the religious diversity of the thirteen colonies. Put in other terms, it was a war for religious independence and freedom.
To sever ties with Mother England would be to ensure that the various Christian denominations could co-exist on the American continent. The conflict was, in part, a conflict that pitted the various American religious denominations against the Church of England, who wanted to impose a uniform, Anglican religion on the colonies.
Early Religious Persecution The period after the Revolutionary War saw a lot of infighting between the various states and Christian denominations.
Virginia, which was home to the largest portion of Anglicans loyal to the Church of England, was the scene of notorious acts of religious persecution against Baptists and Presbyterians.
Anglicans physically assaulted Baptists, bearing theological and social animosity. Ina local Virginia sheriff yanked a Baptist preacher from the stage at his parish and beat him to the ground outside, where he also delivered twenty lashes with a horsewhip. The period during and soon after the Revolutionary War also saw abundant political manifestations of religious conflict.
At the time, some states abolished churches, while supporting others, issued preaching licenses, and collected tax money to fund and establish state churches.Apologize for LGBT persecution in the Canadian Forces Why this is important Until the ban on homosexuals was lifted in , lesbians and gays were sought .
At a meeting of the League of Nations Society of Canada the Canadian National Committee on Refugees and Victims of Persecution was formed. Since the government blamed its unwillingness to admit refugees on lack of public support, the committee focused on public education, setting up branches, organizing public meetings and producing a pamphlet.
American anti-Catholicism has its origins in the Protestant Reformation which generated anti-Catholic propaganda for various political and dynastic reasons. Because the Protestant Reformation justified itself as an effort to correct what it perceived were the errors and the excesses of the Catholic Church, it formed strong positions against the .
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Unlike these, homosexual orientation . Throughout its history, the United States has characteristically remained a country of two things: a country of immigrants, and a country of unmatched religious diversity.
discrimination, and persecution in the United States, we arrive at some possible explanations for why the United States has seen such minimal religious conflict despite.