How Animal Farm Can Be Applied To Today's Viewpoints

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Religious freedom worldwide is being threatened as a whole, but not by you. If not by you, then by who? Your government is the answer. We all have different points of views on how well we believe our government runs our country, but are they over stepping their power? In a similar way that Napoleon destroyed the philosophy of animalism in Animal Farm, Governments in other countries are doing the same to their own people’s beliefs today.
One prominent example is the destruction of religion in Indonesia. In 2005 the Indonesian Ulama Council issued a decree declaring that Ahmadiyya was to stop public workshop and the teaching or religion within public schools (Schulzke 2). “This violates freedom of religion which is guaranteed by the constitution.” (Schulzke 2). This law was immediately attacked by Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization arguing, that this new law would violate the first amendment of the constitution. The law was created to stop teachings that deviate from the principal teachings of Islam. This law, that was enforced by the government, was considered a “deviant act” or abuse by the government in the eyes of their people (Schulzke 2). This is important to understand because it shows how governments can restrict religious views without much consequence other than a few protestors.
Religious issues also show up in the book Animal Farm written about 60 years ago. “The pigs had great difficulty in making them see that this was contrary to the spirit of Animalism.” (Orwell 7). This quote is showing the spirit of Animalism, Animalism which is the behavior that is characteristic of or appropriate to animals, particularly in being physical and instinctive.. Only to be counteracted when Napoleon took power over the farm, but no one really noticed at this point because they were overwhelmed with excitement of being free of the government who was the farmer, Mr. Jones.
Another real life example is the restriction of religion within school property. Most schools have whats called a “semi-tolerant” policy on what children can and cannot do when it comes to religion (“Religious Freedom” par. 6). Some schools are more tolerant allowing students to have prayer, while some do not tolerate public prayer within school grounds. In 1983 the supreme court opened a case of Lee v. Weisman (“Religious Freedom” par. 7). This case was brought to the court’s attention after a student did a prayer at a public schools graduation. The main defense to the case was that the student violated no rules, do to the fact that he was acting under the first amendment of the United States Constitution. “The constitution provides that congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” (“Religious Freedom” par. 1) To put this into...

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