n which was carefully constructed in and protected by the Constitution.There were reason for it: our founder saw the witch hunts and persecution in the colonies which did try to establish by law an official religion, and who thought freedom meant to practice only their brand of belief, but it did not apply to others. Our founders also realized that having an official state religion had led to the persecution in England and Europe from which they had fled. Let us not forget that. The truth is as relevant today as it was then. There are many reasons American democracy is exceptional, but the first amendment is one of them. Having a state religion enforced by law and authorities is an excuse , a rationale , and a motivation to persecute or discriminate against opponents, political or relgious.
As we celebrated the independence of our country, let us also celebrate our founders of independence who later put into our constitution an amendment to protect the freedom to