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This week, Pope Benedict XVI is visiting a country that was officially atheist for a long time: Cuba.   A majority of Cuba`s population is Roman Catholic, but the country`s Communist government restricted religious freedom there for decades. It`s something that Pope Benedict mentioned before his visit. Some analysts are wondering if it`ll be part of his message when he speaks directly to the Cuban people.

I`m a religious leader who is elected for life. I`m the head of the Roman Catholic Church, and the world`s smallest independent country, Vatican City.

Cuba was officially atheist until the 1990s, when the constitution was amended and references to atheism were replaced with secularism. Christmas was recognized as a holiday at that time and Communist Party members were permitted to openly practice their faith, if they had one.

Church officials now say the island is about 60% Catholic, though few openly practice.

Still, religious access to state television and the administering of religious schools remain largely restricted, which could be a point of emphasis during the pontiff’s trip, observers say.

Your question: Do you think a country’s government should be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice? Why or Why not?

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  1. i do not think the government should be able to control religious practices in a country. Restricting religion is unfair to certain cultures and faiths, and violates the basic principles of equality, and freedom of religion. Banning a religion only leads to increased tension and religious conflict. As unstable as places are around the world, doing something like banning faith only makes things worse. Doing so also makes people want to live in your country less, so the country has less people, and earns less revenue.

  2. I do not think that a country should be able to dictate specifically what religion its entire population should follow. They can declare an official religion. but should not discriminate another.

  3. No because i think they can practice what religion they want and what they believe in. it wouldn’t be fair if they can’t

  4. i think that people can believe in what they want and i think that no one can really make them not believe in their religion i think that they will still believe in their religion with out they government knowing

  5. that’s true but if the religion tells them to hurt others then shouldn’t the government be aloud to say it’s not okay. the government needs to focus on the safety of the people.

  6. I don’t think that a countries government should be allowed to choose what religion is practiced. There is no reason for the people in a country to have to practice a religion they want no part of or if they have one. There is also no reason for a countries government to THINK they have control over every aspect of the peoples lives.

  7. No i don’t think that dictating is good cause people like to have different religious not all the same as other people. I think that all of the religions should be able to be practices. People practice different stuff and they should be able to practice whatever they want.

  8. I don’t think they should be able to tell people what they can practice and what they can practice.people should be able to do want they want to practice. they should not be able to tell you want religious you can practice.

  9. I don’t think that a countries government should be able to dictate what religions people can practice. I think this because everyone is different and has their own religions beliefs. The government should not be able to tell someone what they should believe in and people should not be punished for what they believe in. They government should not be able to make every ones beliefs the same by force, every one should have a choice to what they believe in and what religion they are.

    • I agree that every one’s beliefs are different. They shouldn’t be punished just because they think differently than others. They also shouldn’t be forced to have to think like every one else.

  10. I do not think that a country should be able to control what religions people can practice. I think this because every one has different beliefs. They should not be forced to believe something that they don’t. They should also not be punished just because their beliefs are different. Religion is just a persons beliefs and should not be forced. Its like telling someone they can only think that people are fat and can’t think people are skinny. Not every one think people are fat and not every one will think people are skinny. The same goes for religion. Its just what people think and no government should control that.

    • i agree with you. making someone believe in something they don’t want to taking away their right to believe what they want. And i love what you compared it to.

  11. I think that a country shouldn’t have a say in what religions are aloud. It is the peoples right to believe in something. But if its a religion wear they hurt people or they are dangers to others in their group or those how aren’t in their group. Then the government should have the power to say that it is not aloud.

  12. No I do not think that they should be able to dictate or tell them that they can’t practice their religion. They should not be able to tell someone that they can’t practice that religion that they believe in. People need to have their own rights to.

  13. No. I think it is almost hilarious how hypocritical people are. Would they allow people to tell THEM what religion they have? Of course not. I feel that religious freedom is something everyone should have, as everyone wants it for themselves, though not everyone wants others to have it as well.

  14. No, I don’t think that a country’s government should be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice. The people have the right to believe what they want to. It is just wrong and religion should be able to be practiced, even if you don’t like that religion.

  15. No I don’t think the government should be aloud to dictate what religions are practiced. People should be able to practice their religion anywhere. People should be aloud to believe what they want.

  16. Of course not. Everyone has a right to choose their religion and the ONLY time the government should ever stop someone from being religious is if they are hurting other people (hey, there are those crazy religions). Freedom of religion is a right all people must have. Would you like someone to force you to not be involved or be involved with a certain religion?

  17. No i do not think that governments should be able the chose what religions are practiced where. A decision like that should be up to the person on what religion that want to practice. As long as they’re not doing something wrong, they can practice whatever religion they want.

  18. I don’t think that a countries government should be able to choose what religions people should practice. I believe it is up to people to choose what religion they would like to be, and that the government should not be able to choose what religion people should be.

  19. I don’t think they should. Cause when people are not happy about not able to believe what they think is right.

  20. I don’t think that a country’s government should be able to tell them what religion they are, because religion (mostly) helps people to become more kind and good natured. Being Christian, some people have to hide their faith in their country and that’s very wrong. Hitler tried to outlaw a faith in Germany, and we all know how that turned out.

    • I agree with you, people shouldn’t have to hide their faith in their in country just because the country’s government told them they can’t practice a certain religion.

  21. Another country should not be allowed to dictate another religion. People have the right to believe in whatever they want. If they want to be catholic then be catholic. If they want to be Islamic be Islamic. If they want to be Atheist let them.. It not anyone elses choice you might not like it but you shouldnt try to change it.. its not right.

  22. I think that the government should have no right to control what religions are acceptable.Everyone is different so everyone should be able to practice what religion they want like the U.S.Unless the religion promoted do something bad than government should have no say on it

  23. I don’t think that the government should dictate religion because everyone has different beliefs in there culture and such and everyone’s not the same. The government shouldn’t have to tell you what to believe and what not to. That’s why you have your own opinion.

  24. Government should never have the right to say what religion you are!!

  25. I dont think that a countries government should be able to dictate what religion people practice. People should be able to believe in what ever they want to. Every country should have the United States law for freedom of religion because that seems fair.

  26. I think the government needs to leave that to the citizens. The government cannot choose which religion each person should join. If you believe in Christianity, it’s all your choice. But just make sure you follow the law.

  27. I Believe that a countries government should not be able to dictate what religion a person can practice. I am a Christian and I would absolutely hate it if the government told me I couldn’t believe what I do. It is a persons own personal opinion and it should be respected be the government and others.

  28. No i don’t think that governments are able to choose which religion because you have the right to be in any religion that you want. If you want to be a christian be a christian. If you want to be Jewish you can be Jewish. It is just what you believe in nobody should tell you what you can and cant do.

  29. no they should not be able to do that because they have the right to be free and they should be able to practice what religion they want to not what the government says.

  30. Do you think a country’s government should be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice? Why or Why not?

    I don’t think that a country’s government should be able to dictate what religions are practiced because it is okay if you practice what you like but when you tell people what they should believe in. Everyone has the right for what religion they can practice. I think that the country’s government should practice what they want to practice and let everyone else practice what they believe in.

  31. No, people should have the freedom to their own religion no matter where they live.

  32. No I don’t think that countries dictators should choose acceptable religions because people should have the right to freely choose their religion. I think they could suggest and support a religion but they don’t need to choose it for everybody. I really don’t think that’s fair. I also could cause many revolts and bad problems.

  33. I dont think so. The people should get to pick there own type of government. I also think that the government should not get to decide this

  34. I don’t think the government should choose what religion we should be in because a lot of peoples’ families have been living in their normal religion, which if the government chooses what type of religion that is different than the religion they normally practice, that would completely screw up their families because they are not used to that religion.

  35. No, because people have their own beliefs, you cant force someone into a religion if they don’t believe they don’t believe.

  36. I think they shouldn’t. It is a free world and they should be able to choose for themselves. most people in the U.S. are whatever they want. the country can’t stop you from being something you want to be.

  37. No i don’t think some one should tell another person what they can and can not do when its on there time.

  38. I think that there is no reason for a government to say whether or not these people can study this religion or that religion. People can stud whatever religion they want. So if one person doesn’t want to believe in god, then okay that’s their choice people shouldn’t make people believe in their religion.

  39. I think that a country’s government shouldn’t be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice. I think that because what religion you choose is your choice. Nobody should be able to tell you what religion you should practice. As long as the religion you practice is hurting anyone in anyway they should be able to practice it. It is unfair to the people of that country,

  40. I do not thing that countries should be allowed to dictate what religion the country should practice. Unless they are doing something illegal in their religion like sacrificing narwhals then it should be fine. In America you can practice what ever religion you want.

  41. I do not think that it is right for government to control a countries religion. Having a country tell you you can’t practice a religion is hard because there are a lot of people who can’t help being born into a certain religion and they are prosecuted for being born.

  42. I don’t think that a government no matter what form, should be able to control what religion you are. They shouldn’t be able to say that you have to be Christian or that you can’t believe in anything. It is a natural right of the people. So I believe that the government can’t say what we can and can’t believe in.

  43. The Countries should be able to choose what religion they want to do. If i had someone make me choose what religion i had to be i wouldn’t be happy about it.

  44. No, I don’t think that someone should try and tell one country who to worship or believe in, but as a Christians/ catholic duty you should try and spread religion spreading the word of God. But if one country does not want to worship anything they should not have to but its is up to one person and who they want to worship.

    • I agree with you. I think that people should get to do what they want. I also think that the government shouldn’t get to decide

  45. i think if a government can decide the religion than they have to much power. it would be like a person not to breath but the have to to live.

  46. A government shouldn’t be able to dictate the religions they are able to practice. Every one should be free to believe in any thing they want to. It doesn’t even matter how crazy the religion is, they should be able to practice any religion that they want to. I never knew that this happens. #Idontknowwhattohashtag

  47. The founding fathers formed their own country so that they could practice any religion they want. Why would we suddenly decide to ruin everything that they worked for. No country should be able to decide what can and can not be practiced.

  48. i don’t think a that a country should be able to control what religion that that the people of the country practice. only if the country was run by a religious group should the religion be controlled.

  49. No i don’t think some one should tell another person what they can and can not do when its on there own time.

  50. No, it should be a person’s individual belief. If someone doesn’t really want to be part of a religion, then they won’t really believe in it.

  51. I do not think the country should dictate what religions are accepted. Everyone has the right to practice any religion they want so the government should not try to change that.

  52. I dont think that countrys should be able to do that. They arnt going to be able to control everyone even if they did, so there is really no point.

  53. Of course not. Anyone in a country should be able to practice whatever religions THEY WAN’T. FREEDOM. XD

  54. No, I do not believe that a government should be able to choose what religions are and are not acceptable for a country. I believe that everyone should be able to have their own views and opinions on everything especially something so powerful such as religion. Everyone has their own thoughts and should be able to express them in anyway they want. Every country should have freedom of religion. A government should not be able to have that kind of control.

  55. i don’t think the government should be able to tell us what to think or what we should be leave.

  56. I think that a countries government has no right to dictate what religions the people practice. That is, in my mind, a basic right.

  57. no they should be able to practice any religion they like want.

  58. No a government should not be able to force only certain religions you can practice. Because your faith is chosen by you, not by someone else. Which is why our rights sums up to religious choices. Also, not even another religion should convert you to a religion, even if you are an atheist.

  59. I think that the government should not have the right to say what religion we practice. it states in the constitution freedom of religion

  60. No, you should not dictate a countries belief system. People should be able to choose in what they believe in.

  61. I do not think that the government can place restrictions on what religion you can practice. Religion is something that you believe in, and they cannot control your thoughts. The government has no right in telling us what to follow in our lives.

  62. I do not think that a country should have the right to dictate the people’s religions. If someone came up to me and said that I couldn’t believe in what I do, I would get super mad. Here in the U.S. we have something called freedom of religion. Some people might only have their religion, and if its taken away from them, it wouldn’t be fair.

  63. I don’t think that a government should be able to dictate a religion onto anyone. We all have a choice of what we want to believe. If some don’t want to believe in anything, then they have a human right to believe in nothing, or in everything if they believe in everything. We all should have a right to be free to choose.

  64. I don’t think that the government should be able to decide what religion you practice because people should have rights and they should be able to choose what religion they want. If the government chooses your religion then you should just keep it a secret or something. The government doesn’t need to find out.

  65. Well i don’t really know much about religious stuff, but dictating isn’t a good thing at all. I’m gonna have to say no due to it just sounding wrong.

  66. no i dont think that a countrys government should be able to dictate wich religieon is practiced in it i think that you should be able to practice whatever you want its your life why does it matter to the government what you belive in soo no i dont

  67. No, because everyone should have the right to believe what they want to believe. No matter what you do, you can’t control what people believe so you mind as well let them practice it. Freedom of religion is a basic right that I everyone should have.

  68. i don’t think it is fair for a country to control its peoples religion. A persons religion is a way of life a way they think so there for controlling a persons religion is almost like controlling them. there 4 AcoUntree sHouLD not B abl3 2 cUbTRolL som1s ReliGion

  69. i think that a government shouldn’t tell people what religion they can and cant have. its not right, people should be able to believe in what they want.

  70. I don’t think they should be able to dictate what religion people practice. I think that people should be able to practice whatever religion they choose to. Nobody should be able to change that not even the government.

  71. No, I don’t think it is fair that a country tells its people to practice a religion. That is why the US is so great we have the freedom to practice any religion we want. Practicing a religion is chose if you don’t want to practice it you don’t have to but someone shouldn’t be there telling you you have to learn and teach this religion. That is why I think that is not right at all it is a freedom that everyone in the world should have.

  72. A country’s government should not have the right to dictate what religion is practiced there. Religion shouldn’t be forced upon someone. It is a belief, and everyone has their own ideas. People should have the right to practice any religion they want, or not to practice one at all.

    • Yes they should be able to choose what religion they want. And i think everyone does have their own ideas and you should be able to believe in them.

  73. No, I don’t think that a government should be able to dictate any religion because you never know the religion someone believes in, or was born in. You shouldn’t be able to criticize someone using a certain religion. It’s not fair because everyone has their own opinions and your basically saying that they can’t have their own opinions and that’s just wrong.

  74. no of course not like if your christian and you force others to believe in it or its a crime than do you bilive god would like that . Evan if its not a free country or not the you have a choice in life to believe in something to have some rights to have some freedom because we all have feeling we all can think for yourself god wanted you to be forced out of those freedom and rights than he is not worth worshiping.

  75. i do not think that a country should be able to control what religions are practiced there. People have the right to practice what they believe in, your country shouldn’t have a say in that. Practicing different religions is another thing that makes us diverse and we need that in all countries.

  76. No I don’t think a country should be allowed to, and I don’t think it is right to. It’s hard for me to judge whether a country should be able to, because I’m fortunate enough to live in a country where were allowed to have our own religious freedom. I think also, that any country that doesn’t allow a person to practice a certain faith, they do anyways, but it’s secretly to themselves, and not public.

  77. I don’t think a government should be able to dictate someones beliefs in religion other people believe in different religions and it might run in the family religion but the government should not chose whether or not someone should believe in something or change someones beliefs it doesn’t respect the freedom of religion or belief .

  78. The government has no business tell us what religion we can or can’t be. It’s just not right. people can practice what ever religion they want. I just think that its not right for the government to tell us what religion we have to practice.

  79. I feel that a countries government does not get the right to control what religion.
    The government should give its people the right to worship what ever god they please. They get to control their own lives and have the right to speak write and act as long as it doesn’t harm anyone and does not impress someone elses rights.

  80. Personally I do not think that the government should be able to tell anyone what type of religion is practiced. I think they should have no say because people have their owns rights and also their rights to freedom. I think that if they did put restrictions they would be lots of debate and people would reject. The government should stay out of what religion people choose. Lastly it could lead to more protest and even fighting between the government and different religions.

  81. I don’t believe that a country should determine what type of religion that you have. You should be able to believe in whatever you want to believe in. It should be up to the person if they want to believe in a certain religion or not. Someone shouldn’t tell someone else that they have to believe in what they believe in.

  82. yes because reliance can do a lot of stuff to help you. like distant. you never know what will happen.

  83. I think that a country and the people in that country should be able to choose their own religion. I think that some people respect region a lot while other just don’t care. I believe if the government chose the religion of a country, a lot of riots would start and a lot of people would be mad.

  84. I do not think that a country should be able to choose what religion its people follow. I think everybody should be able to choose whatever they want. It the freedom to say.

  85. People have the right to choose what they believe in, a government has no right to dictate someone’s thoughts, and beliefs. They have no way to make someone like one thing or another so they cannot dictate religion either. People have the right to choose.

  86. I do not think the government should be able to dictate the countries religion choice. I believe that government and religion are two separate things. Religion is something that you are either born into or grown up with, but ultimately it is something you’ve had the right to choose. It is not fair to have to belong to a certain religion because one government says so.

  87. no government should be able to dictate a certain religion. it should be chosen from a person. this is in no way acceptable for governments to do.

  88. Of course not, I do not think that a countries government should be able to decide what religion you practice since you’re living in that country already, then you should have a say in what religion you want to practice, they shouldn’t be able control that.

  89. As long as nobody is harming anyone else, people should be able to practice whatever kind of religion they want to. Everyone is different, and so everybody has different beliefs. Nobody can tell them what they do and don’t believe. You just can’t. So why try? It’s the personal freedom and rights to be able to study whatever religion you want to.

  90. No I don’t think a government should be able to tell people in their country they can’t practice a certain religion. People definitely have the right to believe in whatever they want to believe in. Not one person should not be able to believe or think what they want.

    • I totally agree with this. People have the right to believe in whatever they want, and if you don’t let them you will have major problems with them.

  91. No, i don’t think should should have the right to control the way you practice religion. If some one moved to another country and they said they couldn’t be that religion then its wrong.

  92. I don’t think that a country can tell us what religion we can practice. It is none of the governments business to control what we believe in. Freedom of religion is what makes people want to come to America because they wont be told what to practice. Which doesn’t help that country because they are losing population due to no freedom of religion.

  93. I don’t think that government should be able to dictate other countries in what religions and practices are acceptable. Countries should be able to do whatever they want with their religion. If a country wants to be completely Christian, they can do it. But what they can’t do is force other people to believe in the same religion they do.

  94. i dont think a governtment can chose what relijion to pratice. i think dictorship is right ether. people should have freedom to do what they want.

  95. No, this is wrong and there is no reason to do that. there are many people in the world and will always and forever have there own religion. this is unfair and if this is what the pope is doing he needs to stop.

  96. I don’t think the government should be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice. I don’t think they should because everyone should have the right to believe in what/who they want and being dictated on what to believe is going against those rights.

  97. No i do not think a country should be able to tell its people what religion they should practice. Everyone should be treated equally and given the rights to their own beliefs.

  98. I think that a countries government should not be able to dictate what religion it’s people practice. It is not fair to the people. Everyone is different and is not going to agree on what religion to practice. People should have a right to their own religions as long as it does not harm others or disrespect their country.

  99. I don’t think that a country should be able to choose a religion for the country but if you notice a lot of the time the country supports a country. One example is the USA because on money and in the National Anthem and Pledge it mentions god. So to restate my opinion no a country shouldn’t be able to effect it’s peoples religion.

  100. A country should be able to choose their own religion. If a country is forced to practice a single religion then they will rebel and cause mayhem, which wont be good.

  101. No I don’t think that a government should be able to dictate what religions are okay to practice and which aren’t. It’s not okay because people shouldn’t have the right to pick what religion people can and can’t practice because people should be allowed to practice the religion that makes them happy.

  102. I don’t think that the government should be able to say what religion the people need to believe or not believe. It is not fair for the people to have their decisions made for them, if they want to remain atheist let them and if they don’t, their leaders shouldn’t hold them back from that.

  103. I don’t think a country can dictate which religions are practiced because people should be able to believe in what ever they want. I think it’s just wrong how they couldn’t practice their own religions and had to follow the same one as every one else. I think that if our country was like that their would be a lot of riots because in the united states their is more then one religion being practiced here and it’s probably the same in Cuba.

  104. I don’t think that countries governments should be able to dictate what religion you practice. The government shouldn’t be given that much power, plus people should be able to believe what they want and practice it without the government butting in.

  105. I do not think that a countries government can tell you what religion to follow. i think everyone should have there own ways and can have freedom of choice to follow what religion they believe in.

  106. I think the country’s government can not say what religion to practice. It is not right and it’s the persons decisions no one else. It’s up to what the own person thinks and if they want to believe.

  107. No i think that they shouldn’t be able to do that. Its not right. People have the right to believe in what they want.

  108. i don’t think the Government should be able to choose what religion people have. it’s the peoples right as humans to choose what they want to believe in not the governments.

  109. I do not think a government can dictate what religion to practice. Its not right for them to do that because there are a lot of religious in the world and the government cant take away your right to practice a religion. They should not be able to dictate what religion to practice.

  110. I don’t think that countries should be able to tell people what to believe or what their religious views should be. Anyone should be able to be what ever they want, practice what ever religion they want. People can not want anything to do with religious stuff so its not like the country could make them its not right. Everyone should have the freedom to believe in what ever they want.

  111. I think that the country should not decide what religions you can practice there. It should be your choice what you want to believe in. All people should have the right to practice what they believe in not what the government wants them to or thinks whats best.

  112. I don’t think a countries government should choose the type of religion they practice. they should be able to choose what ever religion they want with out people telling them what to do. When they pick your religion the person might not fully believe in that religion and that’s not fair to them.

  113. No, I do not think that the government should be able to control religious beliefs. Everyone has their own faith and religions with very different ideas, you cant get everyone to just change their beliefs for their country. If there’s anything that should be left alone and never dictated in one country its religion, too many differences in people beliefs.

  114. I don’t think that countries should be able to tell people what to believe. The people could revolt against the government because they won’t let them have their own religious views. On the other hand the government could be trying to keep everyone on the same page so then there wouldn’t be a problem between people fighting about religions. It still doesn’t make it right thought so they should just let the people believe what they want.

  115. No i don’t think it is right to dictate a Persons right to practice what religion the person wants. Everyone should be able to have religious freedom and choose what they want for themselves.

  116. No government should ever have the right to dictate what religions are allowed and what ones aren’t. However, on the flip side, no person’s religion has the right to interfere with someone else’s. Just because you don’t share the same beliefs as your neighbor, it’s not your job to interfere with theirs. The government SHOULD support religious freedom, but crack down on people who try to take away other’s religious freedom in any way.

  117. I don’t think that the Cuban government should be able to control there peoples religion. But they are a communist country, not a democracy. Still, it was not right for them to control what they believed in.

  118. No, I don’t believe that a government should be able to dictate what religious are acceptable to practice. People them self’s should believe in whatever they want and whoever. It’s our choice, not the governments because if the government chooses and people complaining and not liking it then what was the point of the government choosing it instead of the people?

  119. No, I do not think that your countries government should be able to tell you what religion you must have. I think this because everyone has different beliefs and reasons for those believes and nobody should be able to tell them what they can and cant do. Like in the U.S. we have the right to have our own religion because we stood up for what we believed in, all you need is one small voice to change the world.

  120. I don’t think a country should be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice. People should be allowed to believe in what they want. It doesn’t really effect the government so they shouldn’t be able to tell you what to believe in. However if someone is hurting or breaking the law and they say its their religion then the government can step in and say you can’t practice that.

  121. I don’t think a countries government should have the right to decide what religion their people believe in.I know that every country doesn’t have freedom of speech or the freedom of religion but I think that they should.Every person should be able to decide in who and what they want to believe in because that’s their right and they should have it.

  122. I don’t think that a country should be able to dictate what happens and goes on in a person’s private religious life at all. Because you should be able to worship the God or God’s you wish to worship. I don’t think that enforcing one religion is fair to people who believe differently than you. I know this from experience it sucks having someone else enforce a religion on you when you believe differently.

  123. No, it’s not okay for a government of a country to tell another country what their religion is. The countries are supposed to live life with freedom, and telling people of a country what their religion is isn’t fair at all. Plus, there are almost too many religions to control who has what one..

  124. telling people what religion to follow is wrong and not right. It is a person faith, they follow there every day life according to their religion, limiting what they follow could be torture to some people. i agree with the idea should be able to decide their own religion

  125. No country should be able to chose what a person can believe. That violates the basic rights that allow us to be who we are. Without them, everyone would be the same, and without diversity, the world would be a cold and dark place in which nothing makes sense. The Earth would basically be a humanized version of Family Guy. Nobody wants that…

  126. I don’t think that the government should be able to dictate what religions people have because everyone should be able to believe in their own religion and believe what they believe. Not what other people tell to. They should have their own rights and not have to believe in what the country tells them to.

  127. I don’t think that the government should be able to pick what religions people have or anything. I think its all up to the person who is christian or another person who is roman-catholic. They should have the freedom to believe what they truly believe in and not just go with whatever the government chose.

  128. No, i dont think a countries government should be able to dictate a persons religion. What a person believes in is completely up to them, its there choice if they want to follow a certain type a religion. Telling someone that they have to believe in something is unnatural and wrong in a way I think, its sort of inhumane.

  129. Over all, dictating is bad. I don’t think a countries government should have the power to choose peoples religion because it’s their choice, not the governments. Doing so that would basically take part of the right of freedom away from people because they wouldn’t get to choose what they can and can’t do. So I think people should be able to practice what ever religion they like.

  130. No i do not think countries should be able to dictate what other peoples religions are. Its wrong, just because one person is catholic and the other is Hinduism, does not give a right to a Catholic person to say ‘you can’t practice Hinduism anymore’. So just because others believe in another way of God doesn’t mean they have to stop, i think that governments like that should learn to respect other peoples religion and let them practice it their way.

  131. I don’t think that the government should be able to dictate what religions people have because not everybody is the same, they should have rights to believe what they want to.

  132. I think the people should be able to decide what they want to believe in. It’s not fair that other people get to decide for them. People should be able to believe in what they want.

  133. In my Opinion i do not think that a country should be able to decide what religion to believe in or if you even can believe in one at all. Even if the leader of the country doesn’t like the idea of believing in something you cant really take those thoughts or believes away from some one. Because if one Atheist just came in to office as the president and didn’t like people being religious he could just take away all the churches to get satisfaction for himself.

  134. I don’t think that a country should be able to dictate other peoples religion. I think that they should believe in any religion they choose. Government already has control of many other things in our life i think that we should have some rights to ourselves, such as our religion.

  135. i think that a government should be able to control someones religion. i think this way because its you religion and u should do what u like.

  136. No I don’t think that they should be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice because what people believe is what they believe. We have the choice on what to believe and not even the government can take that away from us. It’s just not fair.

  137. The people definitively should be able to choose the religion they want to practice without the government intervening. Just like in America, there should be a low stating that the people can practice the religion of their choice without the government controlling it.

  138. people need to have a choice on what to believe, if we broke that freedom there would be so many problems.

  139. no i dont think that is right for any one it is bad because there needs to be natrole rights so that there is not lots of fighting going on in side of a place all people think difrint and you cant stop that from going on in the world

  140. I don’t think that it is fair for the countries government to dictate which religion a family or single person worship. This is like saying you can’t have this many cloths or something that you really need in life. Also the situation could be that the person dictating what others should worship is worshiping something totally different then what he told the people in the country that he rules to worship.

  141. I do not think it is right for the government to decide what peoples religion is because if they don’t know they don’t really know what there life is or about. I think they should let us decide our religion and they just be okay with it, cause they don’t get to pick there own religion so why should they pick ours,

  142. No, our country should not be able to tell other countries what religions they are aloud to practice. that is like telling Iraq that they cant study Islam or to be a Muslim. if somebody told us that we couldn’t, then we would probably flip.

  143. Yes, I believe that a country’s government should decide what religions the people are allowed to practice. It seems fair that way. Not to the point that every country would have its own different region, but what religion the people practice the most.

  144. No I don’t think that a countries government should be able to dictate the religion because most religions are safe. Maybe if the religion includes sacrificing people they should put a stop on it but other than that they should stay out of religion and stick to politics.

  145. i dont think i should matter were you live you should be able to praise what ever god that you want to .

  146. I don’t think that they should be able to do that. I believe that it is up the the person to choose their beliefs and what religion they want to be. Government should have no say in what religion people can or can not be.

  147. I do not think government should be able to have any affect on what religion one person chooses to follow. I think this because doing that would be controlling how people think and would react in certain situation.

  148. No I do not think that countries government should be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice and not. Because everyone should be able to have their own religion and what they believe in.

  149. I think that its unfair for a country to decide what you believe in. It shouldn’t be aloud because its not fair.

  150. i think that a country should be able to decide weather another religion should be apart of their country because, if the religion sees how these people treat the religions well then they should be able to decide who will participate in the practices.

  151. I think that it is very unfair for a country to dictate what you believe in. It shouldn’t be aloud because it inst fair. All of your ancestors could have believe in one thing and just because a law you cant believe in it. Everybody has there own way and thoughts and they should be able to express them. I believe what the pope is saying completely.

  152. I think that no matter what country your from, or race you are you should have the right of free religion. I don’t think that a country’s government has the right to ban any type of religion because the people have the right to follow their religion. Religion is something people choose to follow or practice.

  153. Coming from an American, 99 percent of the people are going to say that the government should not be able to dictate which religions can and cannot be practiced in a country. But we are a democratic, free country and cuba is communist, so that means that the government can control pretty much everything that goes on and religion is just one of those things. So I think that the question is really “should there still be communist governments in the modern world of today?” and I would have to answer no to that question.

  154. i don’t think that the government should be able to have control over a persons religion because it isn’t their place to tell you what you believe in and what you don’t. it is wrong to change someone and their way of life because you want them to be different such as in religion. everyone poor or rich has a right to believe and worship who they want and when they want. it is our decisions to fallow one religion or take on another you can’t force it upon someone and expect them to completely accept it into their lives.

  155. I don’t think that the government should be able to control and dictate what religion the people of it’s country should be able to practice. I’m barely religious and the government shouldn’t be able to say I have to be atheist or I have to be Catholic or Jewish if that’s not my faith. So no, the government shouldn’t be able to dictate how and where and what religion their people practice since everyone’s different.

    • I agree with you because I am not a person who worships a lot but if I choose to be that way I should be allowed to do that. Also it says in the constitution that you can’t force anyone to worship anything that you don’t want to.

  156. I think the government of ANY country should allow people to practice any religion they want, as long as they don’t have to like sacrafice people or anything. If the government doesnt let people practice what religion they want, it could lead to rebellion and uprising.

  157. no i do not think that is right because you have the right to do what you want

  158. Do you think a country’s government should be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice? No are you kidding me? This isn’t even a relevant question. Why or Why not? Because people can’t be old what to think and what to believe. Religion cannot be dictated, it has to be believed and your beliefs have to come straight from your heart. To tell someone that they have to think this way or that they have to believe this is wrong from a moral standpoint. Forcing religion on someone is just naturally going to make them want to rebel and they won’t even give it a chance.

  159. I don think that its fair for the government to control what religion you are or what you believe in.i think they should be able to express what they believe

  160. I do not think that dictator of a country should have any say in the people’s religion. They may dictate the rules in the country, but they should have no say in what religion an individual is. Whatever religion you are shouldn’t depend on where you live or what country you live in. One person can’t or shouldn’t be able to control everyone’s beliefs.

  161. No, I don’t think that a countries government should be able to tell them what religion they can and can’t practice. It’s not fair to the people, they should have the right to determine what they believe in. The government should not have the right to do it for them.

  162. I dont think that they do have a right to do that. i like having my first amendments rights. i think we should at least protect that right.

  163. I think that any person should be allowed to fallow any religion no matter what, if a country says that you cant practice your religion there then you should fight against it or move to another country. I think it is stupid that countries put bans on some religions, as long as they aren’t hurting anyone then let them be.

  164. It depends. I believe everything in life should be judged on a case-by-case basis. If the religion is violent and unruly, then yes it should be expelled, but if it harms nobody outside of those within it, then I believe the government has no right to shut it down.

  165. I think that the Government should not be able to decide peoples religion. It is the individual who should have the choice to choose their religion and everyone has their own opinion on things.

  166. i think that a country should not dictate what religion you have to be because it should be the individuals choice on what religion they want to follow if a country shouldn’t tell them they cant and make them be atheist

  167. I think that this is a very strong subject. Now, i say this because I don’t think it’s right to have the government control what religion you practice. The choice should be up to you; everyone has specific rights and this is one of them.

  168. I don’t think its fare that the government can pick what religion they can believe in. Its there chose and nobody else. People can believe what they want they should have to ask the government or anyone on what they can or can not believe in.

  169. No i don’t think that a country should be able to decide what religion some one wants to be. Its like making people fallow something they don’t want to fallow.

  170. I do not think that the government should be able to dictate what type of religion is practiced. I think they should have no say because people have their owns rights and also their rights to freedom. I think that if they did put restrictions they would be lots of debate and people would reject. The government should stay out of what religion people choose.

  171. I think that a government should not be able to tell what religion people are allowed to practice. It is not right to have a government that tells you what to do. A government that tells you what to do is communism, this is invading on a persons rights. People should have the right to believe what they want to believe and not pick from a selected amount the government decides to give you, it’s just not right.

  172. i don’t think that the country that you live in should be able to tell you what to believe. i think that you should believe what you want to. i think all countries should let their citizens choose what religion they want to, if you want people to move to your country they are not going to move there if you cant choose your own religion.

  173. I don’t think a country’s government should dictate what religion to practice because It’s like telling someone they can’t wear purple on Tuesday. I think people should be allowed to practice whatever religion they want and not be told what to practice.

  174. I disagree, a country’s government should not be able to dictate what religion everyone is because they have the right to decide that themselves.

  175. I don’t think the government should be able to do that. People naturally have a right to religion. They can choose whatever religion they want.

  176. I don’t think the government should have a say on what religions people practice. They should have the right to be Christian or Catholic or whatever they want.

  177. No , i do not think that the government should have a say in what religion people believe in because it should be there choice and the way there family grew up. Why would someone want to be controlled in what religion to believe in ? I know i would not want to be told what religion to believe in. So what it all comes down to i think people should believe what they want and go with what there heart tells them to go with and don’t listen to other people and what they tell you to do. If you know what religion you want to be in . be in that religion ( :

  178. I don’t think the government should ever be able to restrict the kinds of “acceptable” religion. People have the right to believe whatever they want to believe and no one should force someone else to believe what they believe. It is a person’s free choice to take part in a religion or not take part in a religion. No kind of government should have the control to delegate what their people believe because people will continue to believe, just not openly. No matter what law is dictated, people still have freedom in their minds where they can practice whatever religion they want. People should always have free choice of religion.

  179. yes i do think that the country should let there people choose there religon the reason for this is cause we have freedom of religon and it seems to just work out fine.

  180. No, i don’t think that the government has control over what religion you are in. I believe that you should make the choice. I think that it is weird that a government can do that, here we get to choose.

  181. I don’t think that the gov’t. should be able to tell their people what to do. Every human being has their own individual rights. & for the gov’t. to tell them what to believe in, it isn’t having your own rights. Yeah, the gov’t. can tell them what to do and stuff, but religion isn’t one of them.

  182. no, i think that everybody should have freedom of religion and you should have a choice on what religion you choose to practice

  183. Religion is a belief it is not meant to be forced on anyone. A country’s government has no right to tell you whether you are Catholic or Jewish, you are whatever you want to believe in.

  184. No! A country’s government should not be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice. People have the right of freedom to religion. It is their personal belief and choice of what religion they want to practice. It would be wrong and unconstitutional to put limitations on what religions can be practiced. This is the reason there had been so many wars, or crusades, that broke out for this very right. Nothing should stop anyone from practicing the religion of their choice.

  185. I don’t think that anyone should be able to tell anyone what to believe. One of the reasons why I think that is that all it does is cause trouble. Meaning that people will begin to protest and maybe what is happening in Syria will happen. This is why the United States isn’t going to have another civil war because of the rights that the people have.

  186. I do not think its exceptionable for places to say what religion is exceptionable and what is not. That’s like telling them what they are aloud to believe and what they aren’t aloud to believe. Its wrong.

  187. no i believe it is up to the person to dictate what religions he/she wants to learn/practice.The reason i say this is because it is going against their freedom and might be pushing something they don’t want.Another example is that if the government chose the religions it will not be fair for the others.

  188. Your question: Do you think a country’s government should be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice? Why or Why not?

    I feel it is completely up to the people in that country. You can’t tell that there is no god, or a god if they don’t think so. Its absurd and I feel that the government can suggest religions but not ban certain ones.

  189. i don’t think that a country should tell its people what religion they have to have, because people each have their own believes.

  190. No one has the right to say what religion you can be. it all comes down to what you believe. are we really going to go back and start killing people for their beliefs. that’s like killing some one for their hair color. We don’t want to be a Hitler so i’m going to say no.

  191. i think the government shouldnt be able to force them to believe in a certain religion. I think that something like that should be up to the person. If the government picks their religion then they wont fully believe in the religion that they picked.

  192. I think countries should not be able to dictate what religion people in the country must follow. If the countries do dictate the religion there would be a very great chance of a revolt against the government.

  193. No, People should have the right of practicing whatever religion they want in any country. The government should not be able to control people like that.

  194. No, because people have the right in what they want to believe and no one should be able to inter-fear with this, especially the GOVERNMENT.

  195. i don think that the the government of a country can be able to dictate the religion of a person or a group of people. it is their choice to have any religion they want or to choose to not have one. but if the government does do that then you can move to a country with religious freedom

  196. I’m pretty sure country have had wars over this…. No. The government should NOT be able to control religion. It would be unfair. And even if they did try to control someones religion, the people could still believe it. Just not in the open.

  197. as long as there are no religions in a country that are inhumane or dedicated to hurting others, a government should not be able to control what religions are acceptable to practice.

  198. I dont think that a government should be able to dictate what religion a country is. The people should be able to decide what religion they want to be. As an individual people thrive on being able to make their own decisions in life.

  199. No, because honestly, what does that have to do with running a country and protecting the people? It’s just a way for a controlling dictatorship to gain even more power over their citizens’ lives.

  200. no i think people are aloud to practice whatever religion they want they shouldn’t be judged for what they belive in or where they are from.

  201. I do not think that a country should be able to tell their citizens what religion to practice or that they can not practice certain ones. This is not right what so ever and it should not be aloud. How would they like it if they were in the citizens shoes and they were told they couldn’t be Catholic because that wasn’t what the other people wanted? They wouldn’t like it. So why do it to them?

    • Exactly, it puts power in people’s hands who don’t want exactly what they’re doing to their people. Everyone should be able to have free religion.

  202. No, i believe that the people in the country should be able to pick and choose there own religion to practice.

  203. No I think a country should not be able to choose a persons religion because people have their own right to do whatever they want to do in their free time. People will not believe in the religion that the government picks for them. That is why the government should not be able to pick what religion people choose.

    • I totally agree. we don’t want another WWII and have another hitler

      • It’s just my opinion, but I believe there are many benefits to having another genocide or holocaust of some sort. I could go on for hours about the benefits of widespread social control ASSUMING MORALITY WOULDN’T BE A PART OF IT but of course morality is a part of it.

        The main problem, though, is trying to decide who should be killed and who should do the killing.

  204. people should be able to belive in what they want.we should have no say in that. The country should have no right to go against peoples natural rights. All people are going to belvive in what they want and that will never change.

  205. I don’t think the government should be able to tell people what religions they can or can not believe. It’s unfair, and violates peoples freedom of of believing what they want! People can believe what they want!

  206. I think every person, no matter what country they live in or what race they are, should have the freedom of religion. The fact that some dictators are forcing certain religions upon the people living there is unfair. Just because the dictator has his/her certain beliefs doesn’t mean he should force the people to have the same beliefs as him/her, it’s their choice. The dictator or leader shouldn’t have a say.

  207. NO! Didnt we have this conversation like 5 bazillion years ago, you can celebrate whatever religion you want. Your goverment STINKS brah!

  208. I don’t think that the government should be able to control what religion that the people believe in. Religion is a practice that people choose on their own based on things that they personally believe in and they should not be told what their religion should be.

  209. No i don’t think that the government can chose what religion we are. We have the rights and the choice to believe what we want. I think that people are capable enough to make their own decisions.

  210. no i think that people should have the right to practice any religion. It’s something that the government shouldn’t control.

  211. What people believe in is their own choice and shouldn’t be restricted by the government. Forcing people to not believe in god is just not right, but neither is forcing people to. Forcing people to believe something is a form of control that is used by an oppressive government so it can keep treating its people like the government owns its people.

  212. I think a country’s government should not be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice. The government should let the people decide what religion they want to practice. This would cause less controversy over what religion the government wants to practice.

  213. I think that the government has no right to tell people what they can believe in. Its peoples decision if they want to believe in something. I also wonder why the gov. cares about this, don’t they have better things to do?

  214. I think the government doesn’t have the right to decide a persons religion. If they want to be christian be christian. Does it really matter what a persons religion is. But you may interact differently if they are a different religion but its still not right to control people with their religion.

  215. I do not think that the government should be able to control what religions people are allowed to practice. Each person has their own individual beliefs, and religion is a way to express and practice that. If a government controls religion, then people won’t have an opinion or voice. There is no diversity in a nation that restricts religion. Diversity is a good thing because then you have many different ideas and views to look at. For all these reasons, religion should not be restricted.

  216. i do not believe the government should be able to choose the practice of religion because people should be free to choose for themselves. it is wrong to take religion from someone and it should not be acceptable.

  217. i think that a persons religion shouldn’t be dictated but when other people from other countries come to places they should respect other religions too. An example is middle eastern people coming to America and being offended because we celebrate Christmas and other holidays. we are one nation under god a christian country

  218. I don’t think a country’s government should be able to dictate what religions are acceptable. Someone shouldn’t have to change their religion based on where they live. Also, the government shouldn’t tell their people what to believe in.

  219. No, I don’t think a country’s government should be able to decide which religion its people are able to practice. If a religion has been carried through a family for centuries, members shouldn’t have to worry about finding a place to live where their religion is allowed. I think if all the religions just came together and were allowed everywhere, there would be a lot less world problems.

  220. i think that people should be able to believe what they want to believe. i dont think a government should be able to stop you from believing in your own religion. i think that it was good for the pope to visit 3rd world countries like mexico and cuba

  221. I don’t think a countries government should be able to decide what religions the people are able to practice. It takes away the people’s rights to be who they want to be and it is taking away who they are when you take away their religion. Everyone should have a right to pick what religion they want to practice and have the freedom to practice it. A government shouldn’t have the power to tell citizens what they can and cannot believe in.

  222. I don’t think a government should have the right to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice. People should have the freedom to choose what religion they practice and shouldn’t be restricted. I think so because it is not their choice to tell people how to live and what to believe.

    • I agree with you Heather. The government should have no control over what religion that person wants to practice. They should all have the freedom of religion.

  223. No, I do not think that a countries government should be able to dictate their religion. I think that what religion you practice is your choice, and you should not be told what religion to follow.

  224. I don’t think that government can restrict religion unless it is harming the well being of the people witch most religions don’t. They should be able to believe in what they want but in some contrys they can’t. I think that we should be more great full that we have free religion.

  225. I do not think it logical for countries to try and even enforce the law, because look how it’s turned out for some countries that DID try. Britain tried enforcing the Catholic church, and people didn’t give two craps. I say religion, for spiritual, and individual, human purposes, should be left to the people to decide what they want. The government of a country should just worry about their politics.

  226. No i do not think a countries government should be able to choose what religions are acceptable to practice. that is a choice only you can make. you choose your religion not your country.

  227. I don’t think the government should decide what religions people can and can not practice. They can’t control what people want to believe and everyone believes in something different. They can’t tell you you have to believe in this or that. It is going against the natural rights that we have and it would just be stupid.

  228. I do no think that a countries government should be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice. The people in this country should be able to worship what they want too. It is their choice and the government shouldn’t take that away form them. If people were told what religion to worship then they would not fully believe in the religion they need to worship.

  229. I don’t think the Government should be able to control a persons religion. I think that is your own choice and that should be a freedom. That is saying that there is basically no freedom there. I think everyone should at least get that freedom.

  230. I don’t think so but that is normal to us because we have the Constitution which states that the government can’t pick a certain religion for us. it is different for other places because they don’t have a thing like that. people should be allowed to celebrate what ever religion they want

  231. No, I don’t think its right for a country’s government to chose the type of religion they practice. What if that’s where someones family lives but a different religion why should they leave the country?

  232. No, I don’t think that a country’s government should be able to dictate a person’s religion. They have the right to their own religion, no matter where they live or what they do.

  233. no i think u should be able to be what ever religion u want to be. i think if they make u be another religion then its not fare.

  234. No, the government should not be able to even have an influence on what religion the people of the country believe in because it is their choice. Individuals should be able to control what they believe in.

  235. I think that the government shouldn’t be able to dictate what religion its people should believe because its not fair. People everywhere should have the right to free speech, religion, and etc.

  236. i don’t think that they should be able to do that because everyone has there own way of religion and what they celebrate. i think that it is wrong for them to dictate the religion to the people. If more than half of the population wants the certain religion that they are saying the people should be practicing than i think it would be okay.

  237. I do not believe governments should be able to restrict what religions should be practice. Religion is about what you believe is right and true. It doesn’t matter what those around you say. So why should they be able to stop you?

  238. I don’t think the government should be allowed to dictate their citizen’s religion. The government is only there to keep the country running and to protect its people financially and physically. The government shouldn’t be trying to control every aspect of people’s lives, they should just keep the country running in an orderly fashion.

  239. I dont think the government should choose religions, people should be allowed to follow any non-harming religion

    • ***Remember, 3-5 full sentences indicates a well thought out response. Some of you do not even read the question and end up posting responses that make absolutely no sense.***………………….

  240. No, because you get to make your own decisions. You should be able to pick the religion that you want to be because it’s your life and your choice.

  241. I think a country’s government should not be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice because it is unfair to people and it tramples upon their rights. A government should never be allowed to put restrictions on religions unless the religion is hostile and causing death.

  242. I don’t think that a country should be able to dictate what religions people practice because religion is a sacred thing to a person, family, or community. When freedom of religion is taken away, people can lose sight of what they used to believe in or, in some cases, who they are. Also, being forced to worship another person’s god or gods is morally wrong because everyone has their own freedom and should be allowed to use their freedom how they please.

  243. I do not believe that a country should be able to tell people what to believe in and what not to believe in. I believe that if countries had more freedoms like the United States there would be more agreements and less conflicts and fighting between countries. This would allow people to feel free a bout their choices and not feel guilt of secretly doing something they dont believe in.

  244. I do not think a country should be able to choose what a person can believe in. If the people are smart enough, to make money, feed their family, make good decisions, they should be able to make a decision on their religion. People should have the right, it is their freedom. If a country takes away that right, there may be more rebellious breakouts and more people may leave to a different country that has better rights.

  245. I do not think a country’s government should be able to dictate what religion is allowed to practice. I think the United States was right with there rule that people have the freedom of religion, and I think other countries should fallow along by example.

  246. I think anyone and everyone has the right to practice whatever religion they want. Every person has rights to freedom and Cuba shouldn’t stop them for what they believe in.I think everyone has a choice to do whatever they choose.

  247. i think that people should be able to bhelieve or not believe what they want weather or not their government says they cant thats what i feel about this issue

  248. No, it is not acceptable for a country to dictate what religions are and aren’t practiced there. It is a persons soul right to be able to believe and worship how ever they want to. No one has the right to take that away.

    • well put, well put. I find it quite revolting that some countries still do too. People were born with rights. Not just Americans. Everyone deserves freedom.

  249. I do not think that a countries government should be able to dictate what religions are acceptable or not. I think that people should be able to pick their own religion and practice it, and not have government interference. Why should the government care what you believe in anyway?

  250. No! well at least not in the US because we have freedom to practice which religion we want. As for other countries i think they should just let the people practice what the people want to practice,

  251. no i don’t think they should because if they don’t want to they don’t have to were all people and we all should have the right to believe in whatever we want.

  252. Your question: Do you think a country’s government should be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice? Why or Why not?

    I do not think that ANY country should be able to dictate this. I believe so because it is the use of some sort of dictator and I believe this is wrong.

  253. It is not up to the government on witch religion you practice. Those are your views and you can worship who every you want, as long as your not affecting others in a negative way. The government should stay out of religion and focus on other things.

  254. no, its none of the governments business to outlaw peoples religions, the people in Cuba should be able to believe in what they want to believe in, the government should have no control over that.

  255. no because people should have freedom of religion. if the government can decide what everyone has to believe in than i think its too strong. if somebody wants to believe in something different than another than they should be able to. i think that people can make their own decisions.

  256. no i don’t think that a government should be able to dictate its people religion. i don’t think they should because religion should be free to choose.

  257. I think the country’s government should not be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice. People should be able to pick what they believe. Also it’s their right in what they believe.

  258. No i think people should have freedom to religion. I think this is a basic right that the government shouldn’t be able to control. Everyone should have the right to choose their own religion.

  259. No, the government should not dictate what religions are acceptable to practice. Anyone should be able to practice any religion they want. Every person has their own beliefs, if a ruler of a country has his own beliefs he cannot force anyone to share his beliefs.

  260. I don`t think a government should be able to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice because there are a lot of different religions and not every person in that country practices the same one. That`s not fair to a different religion. Maybe to the people that already practice that religion its fair but to the others it inst. if there gonna take all religion away or not let them practice any others accept one, they shouldnt be able to practice any.

  261. No a country has no right to tell you what religions are acceptable to practice. it all should be up to you what religion you want to practice not the governments. But in some places they don’t let you practice whatever you want and sometimes you have to risk your life.

  262. I do not think that a government should be able to control what we believe in. It should be your choice to be christian or any other type of religion.

    • ***Remember, 3-5 full sentences indicates a well thought out response. Some of you do not even read the question and end up posting responses that make absolutely no sense.***…

  263. I do not think a government can dictate a persons religion. That is like dictating there life, you just can’t do that. You should be aloud to express your self through religion, and just be apart of something. And for a government to take something like that away, it’s just not right.

  264. Well of course not. No one should be restricted on religious beliefs, even if they are the craziest things. It’s what they want and have faith in and that, alone, is a good enough reason to have freedom with what you believe in. People should be open to believe what they want to believe.

  265. I don’t think a government should be able to tell you what religions you are able to practice. I don’t understand why it’s such a big deal, let someone believe in what they want to believe in.

  266. Like if you live in the United States you should have to practice their religion. Such as other countries have their own religion and I think every country should have to have their own religion or share one. But a country cant have more that one religion in its country unless it has to do with the same thinking or idea.

  267. i think that its wrong for a country to tell you what religion to practice. that other country cant make you practice their religion because you country has a lot non believers.

  268. no not in a free country but being a comunist government they dont realy have a choice because there government is very controling. cuba has had problems with that kind of thing for a long time and know one has tried to stop it

  269. I do not think a country should be able to dictate what religion they practice. I don’t think its far if they say that you can only be this type of religion. Everyone should have their right to freedom of speech.

    • That’s freedom of religion, not speech. But you are right that that a government should not be able to dictate it.

  270. No i think that people in countries should have he right t choose what religions to practice the government should not tell the people what religions to practice.

  271. no a country has no right to what he people can believe in. like in china the people can not worship who they want, so they risk there lives to go and worship who they want. that should tell the government that they are doing wrong to there people if they risk there lives for it.

  272. No I don’t think a country’s government should be ab;e to dictate what religions are acceptable to practice. Because anyone should be able to practice there religion no matter what there religion may be. It’s a free country, they shouldn’t have to not practice there religion because they where told they can’t. Each person is different, so let them be different.

  273. No, I do not think that a countries government should be able to decide what religion you practice since you’re living in that country already, then you should have a say in what religion you want to practice, they shouldn’t control that.

    • Because they should get to practice the religion they want to, and they shouldn’t be told what they can and can’t do when it comes to there own religion.

  274. i think that a country shouldn’t be allowed to say what religion the people get to practice.

    • ***Remember, 3-5 full sentences indicates a well thought out response. Some of you do not even read the question and end up posting responses that make absolutely no sense.***.

  275. I do not think that a country should dictate the religion of its people, I think that if someone wants to practice a religion, they should be able to. I also believe in a democratic government which allows religious freedom to the people. Also if people keep saying you can’t practice a religion, there is bound to be a revolt on the government, and that can end badly.

  276. i don’t think that a country’s government is aloud to dictate a religion. The people are always going to be more powerful than the government and when a large amount of the population is one religion it would be extremliy hard to change that.

  277. No i do not think that they should tell them what believe in religion, because its not fair for the people who actually practice and then the government tells them they can’t. It’s just not fair.

  278. I think that people should be able to practice what ever religions they want. I don’t think that it is right to keep them from not doing a religion or any of that. I don’t think that the government as control over what religion that country is. You have your own belief you should stick to that belief.

  279. No i don’t think that a country should be able to dictate what religions are accepted to practice. You should be able to be any religion you want to be in Cuba. You should pick your religion because its gonna be what you practice for the rest of your life.

  280. I do not think they can tell you what religion that you can be. i say that because you have the right to do what you want and say what you want. So there for you should be able to pick what religion you want to be in. It’s not far to the people to do this because everybody is different.

  281. No i do not think that a country’s government can decide what religions are accepted there. Its like telling somebody what job to do or how many kids to have, you just can’t have that in a country. A religion is what one individual wants to have, not what a government chooses for you. Religion is a very personal thing. The government can’t make personal decisions for you.

  282. I don’t think they should have the right to determine what others have to believe in or choose to follow a certain group or what ever, the should have the freedom to be able to be in any religious grouping’s that they want.

  283. No I don’t think government has any business controlling what religion some one chooses to be. People should be able to make that decision. If the government would stay out of peoples personal lives they could focus more on important issues.

  284. I think they should have no say in it at all. They should have a government that wants to have freedom of speech and freedom of beliefs. Also they should not be able to get people in trouble or anything for having their own beliefs.

  285. I don’t think that the government should be able to dictate who wants to believe what. Some families are very strict on what they believe in and if they live in Cuba, then they may not be able to believe in what they please. People should have every right to be able to believe in what they want and don’t want.

    • your right I don’t think that they should be able to make someone believe in something that they don’t want to. The government can’t control that!

  286. I think that every human being in the world has the same rights as the others. Meaning, I do NOT think that Cuba can make its people a certain religion or ban religion. People should all be free to think and be how they want to be. Cubans were still Catholic even though they said they were Atheists. Though they did not practice their religion, they still were that. Now the Pope will go and talk to them about that and what they should do about it.

  287. NO because that would exclude people and everyone has there own religion but it doesn’t give the government a right to dictate what they practice that’s them they are aloud to be who they want to.

  288. I don’t think a country’s government should dictate what religions are acceptable to practice. They should have the right to choose whatever religion they want because it would be the right thing to do. One person can’t stop millions of people from doing different things so why should they stop all religions except for one? They should be able to choose what religion they want to practice.

  289. no i don’t think it is right because some people don’t believe and some believe in more then one. so believe that we should pray the Mary and some think we should pray to god. i think we should get to pick who and what to worship not are government

  290. No, I dont think that a country’s government should control what religion you are. People should be able to be any kind of religion they want. They have their own ways and thoughts and they should be able to do that.

  291. the people should be able to set an official religion, or no religion, for their country. however the government should not be able to. its the peoples choice to believe in god, not the governments.

  292. I don’t think that a country should be able to tell people what religions to practice because it is their own beliefs. I think that no matter what you do, people are going to believe what they want so even if you make your country officially atheist like Cuba did, they still will have people who are Catholic. Even if they didn’t let them practice their religion, they probably wouldn’t convert to the national religion.

  293. No i don’t think that a government should be able to control what religions are able to be practiced & not. Its not fair at all, and i’m sure if they didn’t work in government they would feel the same way.

  294. I do not think a country should be able to decide what religion you are. I think this because everyone has their own thoughts, and its their business what they decide to be. Also because we are supposed to have freedom, people deciding what you do is not freedom.

  295. I think countries should be a loud to any religion they want. We have the freedom of religion in our country so why shouldnt they? People should be able to do what they want for religion as long as its not hurting others then they should be fine with their own religion.

  296. I don’t think that the government should have the say on what religion the people have. I think that something like that should be up to the person. If the government picks their religion then they wont fully believe in the religion that they picked.

  297. No the country should not be able to do that it goes against peoples natural rights.

    • ***Remember, 3-5 full sentences indicates a well thought out response. Some of you do not even read the question and end up posting responses that make absolutely no sense.***

  298. I dont think a countries government should be able to choose the type of religion that people practice. This is the peoples choice to believe in what they want.

  299. Well i don’t know allot about religious stuff, but dictating isn’t a good thing in the first place. I’m gonna have to say no due to it just sounding wrong.

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