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The growth of America’s religious diversity showed in 2012

An outdoor mural in Sacramento, California featuring representations of various faiths.

An outdoor mural in Sacramento, California featuring representations of various faiths.

On the First Amendment Center, Charles C. Haynes discusses the emergence of religious diversity in America during 2012:

The growing visibility and strength of America’s religious diversity is good news for religious freedom. The First Amendment affords legal protections, but it cannot fully prevent people in the majority from imposing social discrimination and political exclusion on those in the minority.

As James Madison argued at our nation’s founding, religious freedom is best secured in a society of many faiths and beliefs — with none in the majority. “For where there is such a variety of sects,” wrote Madison, “there cannot be a majority of any one sect to oppress and persecute the rest.”

Read more at the First Amendment Center.

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