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date: 03 August 2020

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America is defined as a “nation of faith.” Some statesmen claim that it is a republic whose governmental institutions presuppose belief in the Supreme Being and which respects, promotes, and protects religious pluralism. As part of its public diplomacy, the U.S. State Department stresses the connection between American religiosity and freedom. The strong connection between religion and freedom created a religious diversity unmatched by other countries. While the Constitution recognizes religious freedom and religious pluralism, it nonetheless admits the impossibility of absolute pluralism. Within this context, the U.S. Constitution permits limitations for the sake of civic peace, social cohesion, the protection of public safety, and the fundamental rights and freedoms of others. This article discusses how America manages religious pluralism, as well as the meaning of managed pluralism, the theories surrounding it, and the court's standpoint on the issue of managed pluralism.

Keywords: religious pluralism, American religiosity, freedom, religion and freedom, religious diversity, religious freedom, absolute pluralism, managed pluralism

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