Religious Diversity in the United States.

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There is a great deal of religious diversity these days in the United States of America. Yet religion, in many ways, has become an almost subtle undertone in the daily lives of Americans with public prayer often taking a backseat to the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. While the United States remains the most religiously diverse country across the world, how much of that diversity is actually allowed to be practiced and how much of it is sanctioned or completely shunned? It doesn't appear that very much public, sectarian prayer is tolerated nowadays especially within the realms of the national school board or behind the doors of school system across the country. So how much religious diversity do we really have in the United States of America?

At first glace, the number of religions and their respective religious sects that are practiced by people in America each day reaches numbers upward of sixty.

This is a staggering number considering most people that reside in the United States could probably only think of or name a handful. These religions range from Christianity, Agnosticism, Wicca, Scientology, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism. According to the religion statistics listed at, Christianity has a great deal of religious denominations and sects - in fact, many more than any other religion practiced in the United States. A complete listing of the one hundred and growing names of these sects can alternatively be found in the Yahoo! Web Directory (1).

The variety of beliefs and practices vary according to the religion in question. The majority of these established religions involve one of the most common principles widely discussed and worshiped since the dawn of time: God or a varied collection of several gods often worshiped as one. Religions use many names for God;...