In today’s political and religious landscape does the First Amendment still reflect the purpose of its creation? In the 1789 the First Amendment was created to grant religious and social liberties to the people of America. However, even these rights have been encroached upon many times by our own government. Evidently, the Catholic Church had their disagreements with the establishment of this agreement as it would diminish their influence over society at the time. The First Amendment was created within the Bill of rights, named so because it was the First change made to the United States Constitution. This Amendment states this about religion:”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”(The American Constitution) This basically prohibits Congress from creating and/or passing any law that establishes one religious body as the national religion in America or shows preference to a certain religions over others. Therefore, Americans have the freedom to join any religion that they choose. This Amendment was created in the 1700’s. During the Enlightenment, the ideas of freedom was popularized in order to create a system that encouraged the spread of new ideas which was especially important post the scientific revolution, where ideas were passed around in order to further knowledge (The American Civil Liberties Union). In today’s political landscape this is important as it is the key for a free society. In a democracy this becomes especially essential to our system of self-governing and sovereignty. In order to correctly elect our government we need a system that keeps people well informed. We can also see that this agreement in today’s political landscape as there has been an increase in criminal conspiracy laws that purposely suppress religious minorities such as Muslims and Jews. This is just one example of the many ways this Amendment can be and has been encroached upon. (The American Civil liberties Union)The Catholic Church has always had some influence in the american political parties whether through sponsorship to show support or having Catholic candidats. The church’s opposition to the First Amendment is not because of its fundamental message but because of the ways it has been manipulated. The First Amendment allows for any religion to oppose doing any act if it is against a belief that has been long standing. This is to stop people from coming up with new religions to oppose doing something. With that established, the Catholic Church has complained that they have many times been forced to pay for something they morally oppose. However, in the United States the Church doesn’t pay taxes. This is because it is a non-profit and therefore as long as it helps the community they pay no property tax and can receive tax free donations. If the church ever has to pay for something they morally oppose it is by choice as some churches have chosen to donate money to the government every year to lift the tax burden on the poor that these tax exemption have created(Cline) Another argument than church has made is that there have been laws introduced to suppress Catholic influence. For example, in Alabama they have made good samaritan works illegal as they believe that evangelism is forcing one’s religious on someone else which is a violation of their religious freedom, however, by making this illegal it prohibits the free exercise of Christianity which is also a breach of the First amendment. (Feuerherd) This is a problem the government continuously has as there are many interpretations to the Amendment that has led to court cases such as the Hosanna Tabor case. A Lutheran Church was accused of wrongful termination for firing and replacing a teacher after she was paralyzed (Hosanna-Tabor). The Church won the case because of the Establishment clause in the First Amendment that gives Churches the right to choose their own employees. This led to many churches using this case as a way to win their suits showcasing their obvious discrimination. In conclusion, the church doesn’t have many reasons to disapprove of the First amendment, however the argument can be made that it was created over 100 years ago and does not conform to today’s society where they has been more awareness for human life and religion has become quite a sensitive subject. There are many problems with the First amendment. Though congress isn’t allowed to pass laws promoting one religion as America’s national religion it is still evident that America is strongly Christian. We see this through the values of the republican candidates to be “strong families, depending upon God and one another”(Platform). Furthermore, in the pledge of allegiance it says “one nation under God”(The pledge of allegiance). The Founders of America had every intention of making it a sovereign christian Republic as they said in the Declaration of Independence “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights”(Declaration of Independence) The reference to the creator is God and therefore if rights come from God, then the laws of the Bible clearly influenced one of Ameirca’s most important declarations.. Additionally, when all presidents are sworn in they pledge with their hands on the inaugural bible of George washington. In conclusion this Amendment was created to keep the government out of the church but not the church out of the government. In my opinion the First Amendment needs to be reformed to fit today’s society so that things such the Hosanna Tabor Case does not repeat itself. By reform I mean a specification of what can and can’t be done religiously and exactly what laws trump freedom of religion under any circumstance. In conclusion, today, politically the Amendment is too ambiguous and not true to its original purpose of creating an equal playing field for all believers and nonbelievers.