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Many historians believe that history often repeats itself over the years Issues that affect society in history often reoccur or continue In America our freedoms are protected by the US Constitution This constitution makes the United States one of the freest countries in the world If we do not address these issues we will no longer continue to enjoy the freedom that we do today These issues can threaten American culture and political life today Two issues that threaten American culture and political life are religion in public schools and the Patriot Act The first issue that threatens American culture and political life is religion in schools The First Amendment in the Constitution says Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion which means that church and state are separated However in 1925 John Scopes a Tennessee teacher was put on trial for illegally teaching the theory of evolution At that time public schools in Tennessee were teaching children about creationism the belief that God created humans in a science classroom Even though Scoops was found guilty the trial was a major setback for the anti-evolution forces Still today almost 80 years after the historical trial schools in Georgia are having debates whether to teach evolution or creationism in a science classroom Creationism is not backed up by facts but is just a belief while evolution is supported by facts As citizens of the United States we pay taxes to the government which establishes public schools which are run according to the United States Constitution The Constitution says that public schools should be separated from religion If the schools are paid for with taxes there cant be religion Having religion in public schools goes against the first amendment and is therefore unconstitutional If religion is allowed in public schools our first amendment rights are compromised If the government teaches one religious belief in a public school people will think the government supports
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