Religion Everywhere

An argument about how religion effects everyone, everywhere.

North America

The most common religious practice in the U.S. is Christianity. Although people have freedom of religion, most laws and actions are under the name of "God" or are influenced by him. Where as in Mexico, people aren't granted freedom to believe who they want and what they choose, making religion a huge impact on decisions made.

South America

The most common religion in South America used to be Roman Catholicism. Before religious freedom was accepted by most countries, the children had religious education, so granting people the freedom to believe what they wanted made the countries who allowed this alter their educational system and what should and shouldn't be said in schools. With this new change in the 20th century, the religion that is most commonly found in Latin America today is Christianity.

Africa

In South Africa, religion and religious practices are protected by different laws and policies, the government generally enforces them. Although the most common religion is Christianity, many people combine different religions to practice. While most people in Africa were interviewed, they did state that religious conflict is a very big problem in their country. They also state they they believe democracy is a good thing, claiming that people are able to practice their religion freely.

Europe & Asia

Asia, much of Africa and the Middle East believe that God is a necessary foundation for morality and good values, and similar majorities believe society should reject homosexuality. In parts of Asia, atheists are executed or sentenced to time in prison for believing what they choose to.


Most people believe Europe is more religious that America, but only one third of the population (whom of which live in the countries that are heavily Catholic) said that religion was important to them whilst in America, 86% of Americans stated religion was important to them. Europe has also banned religious headdresses in school to keep church and state separate.

Australia

In Australia, the government believes in encouraging the understanding, mutual respect, tolerance, and exposure to different religious. They still have very many religion based schools, but you can choose whether or not you'd want to attend a regular school or religious one.

Conclusion

There may be religious freedom in most places, but our actions as nations and countries varies on what we believe. Not having religion could have prevented judgement towards people's actions, wars that changed our history, and the way we treat to people. I personally have an experience with religion, making it harder on myself and my family. My grandfather was in a medically induced comma because he needed a surgery done, but when the doctors were operating, his heat rate dropped to the point of stopping. Since he's a resident of Mexico, we weren't able to talk him off of life support, they are all mostly Catholic and believe people should pass naturally, making us wait until he woke up.Even thought he most likely was going to pass, we couldn't do anything but watch him suffer and await the pain we all knew was coming.


In conclusion, I believe religion is a good thing, people need answers to life's multiply choice test, but we need to stop making it a priority. It causes wars, judgement on other people's "sins", and makes people think lower of each other (this actually happens). A quote from the bible states "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same ways you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7: 1-2" Turning back to the not judging other people's actions and choices they've made, good or bad. Another quote would be "For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men of their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15"