Barack Obama
Obama standing with his arms folded and smiling
44th President of the United States
In office January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by George W. Bush
Succeeded by Donald Trump
United States Senator from Illinois
In office January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Preceded by Peter Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Roland Burris
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th district
In office January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
Preceded by Alice Palmer
Succeeded by Kwame Raoul
Personal details
Born Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)
  • Malia
  • Sasha
Relatives See Family of Barack Obama
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)

Freedom of Religion

Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,

There are many different religions that exist in this world. As you already know, Freedom of Religion is an important human right that is protected in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This right allows citizens to express their own beliefs with others. In a recent news story, an Alabama School district was caught by atheist activists for holding a baptism event after football practice. The football coach allowed three of his players to get baptized by a local youth minister (Tanner Hall). There was a complaint about this incident that was brought up towards the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). They sent out a letter to the officials of the Russellville City schools citing that this incident is an “unconstitutional religious activity”. Citizens should have the ability to express their religious. I feel that our Freedom of Religion is an important part of our lives and that there should be improvement in allowing students to participate in these religious activities with no problems. As a Christian, I feel that these attacks coming from this Foundation attacks our rights to public display towards our religious beliefs as Americans.

It is understandable that it is illegal to promote and held religious activities at public schools but, the students are still allowed to do these activities as long as they are voluntary and it’s not promoting one religion over another. This foundation’s goal is focusing to prove that this incident is unconstitutional when it is not. Students have the ability to open up and share what they believe in. In the news story, Heaton, the football coach stated that the event was “something these students wanted to do, and I believe it was important to let them do this because these kids are going through a very important part of their lives” (What Happened on This High School Football Field Has Atheist Activists Up in Arms ). The students were not forced to participate in this event. Heaton even mentioned “... that some players left before the baptism took place and that it was an optional event” ( What Happened on This High School Football Field Has Atheist Activists Up in Arms ). These students have made an important decision in their life and they want to share the joy of this important moment. I personally have been baptized before at a lake. I made the decision to get baptized, which was a great experience and a life changer. The FFRF said that the position of the Chaplain should be removed from the school position when Tanner Hall was not even an employed Chaplin.

Some ways to help improve this issue is to change allow students to hold events on school campus. What would be great would be to talk with the activation groups and get their views and understandings about the issue. Also, notifying them would help. If they do not want to get involved with the situation, they can leave it alone and not worry about it, unless it is hurting others and or affecting them in a negative way. We should be able to perform free exercise of our religion and be proud of our beliefs. Even when students are still on school grounds after school hours, they should still be allowed to hold these events. It will allow not only the students to grow in themselves but with their peers as well. Health also mentioned that these events help the students grow close together. With these alterations, it will make me feel better about my Freedom of Religion. We are all Americans that have the right to express our beliefs and be proud of our religion.


Charlene De Vera

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