United States

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The United States in the Freedom of Thought Report, by the IHEU.
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The United States, founded in 1776 as a secular republic [1], is a country with significant freedom of religion, thought and speech due to strong constitutional protection. However, recent court rulings regarding freedom of conscience have given special privileges to religious beliefs. Religious groups also command significant influence in United States politics.

More strongly religious states within the US have a lower quality of life (Mississippi and Alabama). More secular states in the US have a higher quality of life (Vermont and New Hampshire).[2]

"If [the United States] should perish, the ruthlessness of the foe would be only the secondary cause of the disaster. The primary cause would be that the strength of a great nation was directed by eyes too blind to see all the hazards of the struggle; and the blindness would be induced not by some accidence of nature or history but by hatred and vainglory."

Reinhold Niebuhr

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Project Blitz[edit]

Project Blitz are a set of legal bills that are intended to be passed by fundamentalist legislators. They are divided into three categories based on how much opposition they are expected to generate:[3]

  • "In God We Trust" bills, displaying of religious symbols in public institutions, "freedom of conscience".
  • Official Christian heritage days, religious freedom days that will allow Christian doctrine to be taught in schools.
  • Mandating fundamentalist teachings on marriage and sexuality by law.

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New religious movements and denominations originating in the US[edit]

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