Global and USA Religious Intolerance Rising

The US Bill of Rights


Along with many other parts of the world, the USA is now being recognized as a land of increasing religious intolerance:

The annual study, compiled by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, concluded that three-fourths of the world’s population live in countries that impose significant political and social restrictions on religion, with the United States being moved out of the list of countries with the best records on religious tolerance.

“During the latest year studied, the U.S. moved from the low category of government restrictions on religion to the moderate category for the first time,” Pew said in a news release outlining key findings of the report.

The U.S. saw a rise for the first time, particularly at the state and local level, where incidents restricting religious groups from practicing their faith were up.

Among those problems cited in the U.S. as keeping people from practicing their religion, were restrictions on the wearing of religious attire or symbols, obtaining zoning or building permits for new religious school and houses of worship, a climate of increasing “social hostilities” including a rise in “religion-related terrorist attacks” and an increase in workplace discrimination complaints based on religion. Global religious intolerance up — even in U.S. – Washington Times

This kind of thing was not supposed to be able to happen in the USA.
Notice the first amendment to the US Constitution, in the section known as the Bill of Rights:
  • First Amendment – Establishment Clause, Free Exercise Clause; freedom of speech, of the press, and of assembly; right to petition
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Notice that the First Amendment prohibits laws from Congress prohibiting the free exercise of religion. Historically, this meant that other government entities in the USA could not do that either. But as the USA faces other moral declines, the tolerance of some in the government for people practicing their religion has diminished.
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