Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Why I Love Japan: Religious freedom / tolerance

Why I Love Japan:   
Religious freedom / tolerance

The joy of traveling throughout Japan is viewing their religious tolerance.  It appears the Japanese are not intolerant of religion as many in the USA have become.  Seeing religious symbols on both public and private property seems to be normal in Japan, while currently being view with hostility in the USA.   

United States Constitution, First Amendment, in reference to religious freedom:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;……”

Japanese Constitution, article 20 in reference to religious freedom:

“Freedom of religion is guaranteed to all. No religious organization shall receive any privileges from the State, nor exercise any political authority.
 No person shall be compelled to take part in any religious act, celebration, rite or practice.
 The State and its organs shall refrain from religious education or any other religious activity.”

The Torii is a symbol of Shinto in Japan.  One can see the Torii all over Japan.  On a road to a power plant in Japan the road traveled under a huge Torii obviously rooted on public lands both sides of the road.  Now contrast that to the USA where grieving families leave roadside cross commemorating the spot where a loved-one was lost.  Some states have outlawed such displays as not to offend non-believers and those who hallucinate “separation of church and state” into the United States Constitution. 

With Japanese friends including a Buddhist Chief Priest visited Oura Roman Catholic Church in Nagasaki on Kyushu.  The church dates back to the 1860’s.    

Also noted in this video:  Meiji Chocolate and Pocky Chocolate, both Japanese products. 

Link to the Japanese Constitution:

First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (“Bill of Rights”):

Nagasaki Oura Roman Catholic Church:

Link to Texas Daddy store:

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