Do you think that the United States is tolerant of “difference?” Our country was founded on the concept of religious tolerance, but...Wikipedia defines religious intolerance as: Religious intolerance, rather, is when a group (e.g., a society, religious group, non-religious group) specifically refuses to tolerate practices, persons or beliefs on religious grounds (i.e., intolerance in practice). What do you think? Are there some cultures more tolerant/less tolerant? Are the U.S. experiences any different than that of other cultures? Frame your discussion within the context of the sociological perspectives.

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In general, the United States has gradually become more tolerant of religious differences over time. According to U.S. News and World Report, the U.S. ranks among the top ten in religious freedom.

Religious intolerance in the U.S. has diminished. For example, the Know-Nothing party of the mid-nineteenth century was virulently anti-Catholic. At that time, many Americans were fearful of Catholic immigrants. In 1960, a Catholic, John F. Kennedy, won the presidency. More recently, Mitt Romney, a Mormon, won the Republican nomination for president on two separate occasions. A number of countries have banned the burqa, but the U.S. has not. In China, Muslims have recently been sent to reeducation camps. There is an undercurrent of hostility toward Muslims in America, though; this sentiment was caused by the events of 9/11. In general, however, the US is becoming more secular, so religious differences seem less important.

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