The Human Truth Foundation

The United States of America

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

#atheism #egypt #USA

USA
United States of America
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index32nd best
CapitalWashington
Land Area9 147 420km21
LocationNorth America, The Americas
Population327.1m2
Life Expectancy79.22yrs (2017)3
GNI$53 245 (2017)4
ISO3166-1 CodesUS, USA, 8405
Internet Domain.us6
CurrencyDollar (USD)7
Telephone+18

1. Introduction

Book CoverThe great American experience is about so many things: bluegrass and beaches, snow-covered peaks and redwood forests, restaurant-loving cities and big open skies. America is the birthplace of LA, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, Boston and New York City -each a brimming metropolis whose name alone conjures a million different notions of culture, cuisine and entertainment. Look more closely, and the American quilt unfurls in all its surprising variety: the eclectic music scene of Austin, the easygoing charms of antebellum Savannah, the ecoconsciousness of free-spirited Portland, the magnificent waterfront of San Francisco, and the captivating old quarters of New Orleans, still rising up from its waterlogged ashes.

This is a country of road trips and great open skies, where four million miles of highways lead past red-rock deserts, below towering mountain peaks, and across fertile wheat fields that roll off toward the horizon. The sun-bleached hillsides of the Great Plains, the lush rainforests of the Pacific Northwest and the scenic country lanes of New England are a few fine starting points for the great American road trip.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)9

2. USA National and Social Development

#economics #human_development

UN HDI (2016)10
Pos.Lower is better
Rank10
1Norway1
2Australia2
3Switzerland2
...
8Ireland8
9Iceland9
10Canada10
11USA10
12Hong Kong12
13New Zealand13
14Sweden14
15Liechtenstein15
World Avg94.3
q=188.
Gross National Income Per-Capita (2011)11
Pos.Higher is better
PPP $11
1Qatar$129 916
2Singapore$78 162
3Kuwait$76 075
...
8Luxembourg$62 471
9Switzerland$56 364
10Hong Kong$54 265
11USA$53 245
12Saudi Arabia$51 320
13San Marino$50 063
14Andorra$47 979
15Netherlands$46 326
World Avg$17 240
q=193.
Social & Moral
Development Index
12,13
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank12,13
1Taiwan30.2
2Denmark30.5
3Norway30.9
...
29Singapore54.2
30Cyprus55.6
31Costa Rica56.0
32USA56.2
33Malta56.6
34Uruguay56.8
35Slovakia57.0
36Chile58.6
World Avg86.4
q=195.

The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others..

The Social and Moral Development Index concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, public health, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism, and on some technological issues. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: Which are the Best Countries in the World? The Social and Moral Development Index.

3. USA's Demographics

#birth_control #demographics #health #immigration #life_expectancy #longevity #migration #overpopulation #population

Population:

The USA's population is predicted to rise to 361.68 million by 2030. These millions of extra people will all need space to live, food to eat, energy to consume, and will increase the burden on the planet's resources. This country has a fertility rate of 2.08. The fertility rate is, in simple terms, the average amount of children that each woman has. The higher the figure, the quicker the population is growing, although, to calculate the rate you also need to take into account morbidity, i.e., the rate at which people die. If people live healthy and long lives and morbidity is low, then, 2.0 approximates to the replacement rate, which would keep the population stable. If all countries had such a fertility rate, population growth would end. The actual replacement rate in most developed countries is around 2.1.

Population (2018)2
Pos.
Population2
1China1.4b
2India1.4b
3USA327.1m
4Indonesia267.7m
5Pakistan212.2m
6Brazil209.5m
7Nigeria195.9m
8Bangladesh161.4m
9Russia145.7m
10Japan127.2m
11Mexico126.2m
12Ethiopia109.2m
World Avg39.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy (2015)11
Pos.Higher is better
Years11
1Hong Kong84.16
2Japan83.68
3Italy83.34
...
33Costa Rica79.61
34Cuba79.57
35Lebanon79.54
36USA79.22
37Brunei79.02
38Czechia78.78
39Qatar78.32
40Albania77.97
World Avg71.27
q=190.
Fertility Rate (2013)14
Pos.2.0 is best14
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
11Sweden1.93
12Tunisia1.93
13St Lucia1.93
14USA2.08
15Ireland2.10
16Iceland2.10
17Denmark1.88
18Bahamas1.88
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Old-Age Dependency Ratio (2016)15
Pos.Lower is better
Per 10015
1Uganda04.3
2Mali04.5
3Chad04.7
...
150Serbia32.7
151Hungary32.9
152Romania33.6
153USA33.8
154New Zealand34.9
155UK35.0
156Barbados35.6
157Lithuania36.0
World Avg18.3
q=185.

Migration:

Immigrants (2017)16
Pos.
%16
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
...
31San Marino15.7%
32Bahamas15.6%
33Maldives15.4%
34USA15.3%
35Norway15.1%
36Germany14.8%
37Estonia14.7%
38Gabon13.8%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants (2010)17
Pos.
%17
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
...
176Solomon Islands1.0%
177India0.9%
178Papua New Guinea0.9%
179USA0.8%
180Namibia0.7%
181Ethiopia0.7%
182Tanzania0.7%
183Brazil0.7%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#equality #freedom #human_rights #politics #tolerance #usa

The USA does relatively well in ensuring human rights and freedom, compared to many other countries. The USA comes in the best 20 in its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice18 (amongst the lowest in The Americas). It does better than average when it comes to supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms19 (amongst the best in The Americas), commentary in Human Rights Watch reports20 (one of the highest in The Americas), supporting press freedom21, LGBT equality22 and in opposing gender inequality23 (one of the lowest in The Americas). The USA has aggressively supported human rights in many parts of the world24 and hosts (and encourages) a large number of international human rights organisations. This persisted in not only the Clinton and Obama administrations (where it was a central concern) but even in the Bush eras25. The USA does not succeed in everything, however. It does worse than average in terms of its nominal commitment to Human Rights26 (amongst the worst in The Americas) and in speed of uptake of HR treaties27 (amongst the worst in The Americas). The country is deeply divided; 1% of the population draws 20% of the country's entire income28. Trump-era politics has driven back human rights concerns, and is ushering in an era of intolerance and inequality, especially for LGBT folk, the poor, women and other minorities29 and has been vocally supportive of authoritarian strong-man regimes that also have poor human rights records. Despite Trump, on some occasions, the USA still manages to encourage human rights, most notably in cutting $100 million and holding back another $195 million of its aid to Egypt, citing human rights violations30 and 'threatening targeted sanctions against the Burmese military officials behind the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority'29.

For tables, charts and commentary, see:

5. USA's Health

#alcohol #birth_control #demographics #health #life_expectancy #longevity #mental_health #obesity #overpopulation #parenting #population #smoking #suicide #USA #vaccines

Health (2020)31,32
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank31,32
1Hong Kong18.0
2Singapore41.5
3Maldives43.3
...
87Kyrgyzstan90.0
88Grenada90.5
89Trinidad & Tobago90.6
90USA91.1
91Sudan91.7
92Libya91.9
93Costa Rica91.9
94Lebanon92.3
95Georgia92.4
World Avg92.3
q=187.

The countries with the best overall approach to public health, in terms of both public policy and individual lifestyle choices, are Hong Kong, Singapore and The Maldives31. These countries are worth emulating. And, although often through no fault of the average citizen, the worst countries are S. Sudan, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea31.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are its average life expectancy, its alcohol consumption rate, its fertility rate, its smoking rate, its suicide rate, its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance, the prevalence of overweight adults, its adolescent birth rate and its immunizations take-up. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Asia and Europe31, whereas the worst are Africa, Micronesia and Polynesia31.

Health:

The USA does relatively well in encouraging good health, compared to many other countries. The USA comes in the best 20 in terms of its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance33 (one of the best in The Americas). It does better than average for its average life expectancy11 (although the USA is unique for a modern country, in that this is now declining38), its adolescent birth rate23 (amongst the best in The Americas) and in its fertility rate14. The USA does not succeed in everything, however. It does worse than average when it comes to its suicide rate34, its immunizations take-up35, its smoking rate36 and in its alcohol consumption rate37 (one of the worst in The Americas). The prevalence of overweight adults has increased by 14% over the last 40 years.

Source:38

Poor Health Culture and Social Care in the USA led to improvements in life expectancy ceasing in 2010, and it is now alone in the rich world for having a declining rate.

Life Expectancy (2015)11
Pos.Higher is better
Years11
1Hong Kong84.16
2Japan83.68
3Italy83.34
...
33Costa Rica79.61
34Cuba79.57
35Lebanon79.54
36USA79.22
37Brunei79.02
38Czechia78.78
39Qatar78.32
40Albania77.97
World Avg71.27
q=190.
Alcohol Consumption (2016)37
Pos.Lower is better
Per Capita37
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
...
145Argentina9.8
146Georgia9.8
147Namibia9.8
148USA9.8
149St Lucia9.9
150Swaziland9.9
151Spain10.0
152S. Korea10.2
World Avg6.2
q=189.
Fertility Rate (2013)14
Pos.2.0 is best14
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
11Sweden1.93
12Tunisia1.93
13St Lucia1.93
14USA2.08
15Ireland2.10
16Iceland2.10
17Denmark1.88
18Bahamas1.88
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Smoking Rates (2014)36
Pos.Higher is worse36
182Montenegro4 125
181Belarus3 831
180Lebanon3 023
...
128Moldova1 114
127Portugal1 113
126Finland1 083
125USA1 083
124Latvia1 041
123Algeria1 024
122Brunei1 023
121France 993
World Avg 819
q=182.
Suicide Rate (2013)34
Pos.
Per 100k34
1Haiti0
2Grenada0
3Egypt0.1
...
50Singapore20.6
51India20.8
52Trinidad & Tobago21.7
53USA22.2
54Chile22.4
55Canada22.7
56Iceland23.5
57New Zealand23.6
World Avg20.93
q=91.
Food Aid, Health Contributions & WHO Compliance (2017)33
Pos.Lower is better
Rank33
1Sweden1
2Ireland2
3Denmark3
...
7Germany7
8Canada8
9Netherlands9
10USA10
11Luxembourg11
12Finland12
13Australia13
14UAE14
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Overweight Adults (2016)39
Pos.Lower is better
%39
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
...
174Libya66.8
175UAE67.8
176Lebanon67.9
177USA67.9
178Jordan69.6
179Saudi Arabia69.7
180Qatar71.7
181Kuwait73.4
World Avg49.0
q=191.

Children's Health:

Adolescent Birth Rate (2015)23
Pos.Lower is better
Per 100023
1N. Korea0.5
2S. Korea1.6
3Switzerland2.9
...
65Djibouti21.5
66Albania21.7
67Moldova22.6
68USA22.6
69Armenia23.0
70Jordan23.2
71Russia23.4
72New Zealand23.6
World Avg47.9
q=185.
Infant Immunizations 2011-2015 (2015)35
Pos.Higher is better
Avg %35
1Hungary99.0
2China99.0
3Uzbekistan98.9
...
95Georgia93.1
96New Zealand92.9
97Nauru92.9
98USA92.8
99Latvia92.8
100Romania92.7
101France92.6
102El Salvador92.4
World Avg88.3
q=194.

6. USA's Modernity and Learning

#education #english #intelligence #it_security #maths #modernity #politics #religion #research #science #technology #the_internet

Modernity and Learning (2020)40
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank40
1Finland8.0
2Belgium9.1
3Denmark10.0
...
23Hong Kong21.6
24France22.0
25Luxembourg22.2
26USA24.7
27Israel26.0
28Portugal27.0
29Latvia27.3
30Poland28.1
31Spain28.8
World Avg69.0
q=180.

Modernity and Education:

Research and Development (2016)
Pos.Higher is better
% RDP PPP
1S. Korea4.2941
2Israel4.1141
3Japan3.5841
...
8Austria3.0042
9Switzerland2.9643
10Germany2.8441
11USA2.7444
12Belgium2.4641
13Slovenia2.3941
14France2.2641
15Australia2.2545
World Avg0.84
q=126.
Secondary Education (2018)46
Pos.Higher is better46
1Luxembourg100.0%
2Estonia100.0%
3Austria100.0%
...
22Russia95.9%
23Croatia95.7%
24Azerbaijan95.6%
25USA95.6%
26Norway95.4%
27S. Korea95.2%
28Bulgaria95.1%
29Lithuania94.9%
World Avg63.0%
q=169.
Length of Schooling (2018)47
Pos.Higher is better
Years47
1Australia22.1
2Belgium19.7
3Finland19.3
...
27Singapore16.3
28Portugal16.3
29Austria16.3
30USA16.3
31Italy16.2
32Switzerland16.2
33Canada16.1
34Estonia16.1
World Avg13.2
q=193.
Intellectual Endeavours (2017)33
Pos.Lower is better
Rank33
1Ukraine1
2Czechia2
3Hungary3
...
35Barbados35
36Estonia36
37Luxembourg37
38USA38
39Portugal39
40Spain40
41Italy41
42Slovakia42
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Maths, Science & Reading (2015)48
Pos.Higher is better
Score48
1Singapore1655
2Hong Kong1598
3Japan1586
...
28Russia1476
29Spain1475
30Czechia1472
31USA1463
32Latvia1460
33Italy1456
34Luxembourg1450
35Iceland1443
World Avg1389
q=70.
Religiosity (2009)49
Pos.Lower is better
%49
1Estonia16
2Sweden17
3Denmark19
...
27Uzbekistan51
28Serbia54
29Ireland54
30USA65
31Argentina66
32Chile70
33Croatia70
34Singapore70
World Avg75.1
q=114.
IQ (2006)50
Pos.Higher is better50
1Hong Kong108
2Singapore108
3S. Korea106
...
26France98
27Australia98
28Denmark98
29USA98
30Latvia98
31Hungary98
32Ukraine97
33Russia97
World Avg85.6
q=138.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users (2016)51
Pos.Higher is better51
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
17Estonia91%
18Japan91%
19New Zealand89%
20USA89%
21Canada89%
22Belgium89%
23Czechia88%
24Germany88%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
Freedom On The Internet (2012)52
Pos.Lower is better52
1Estonia10
2USA12
3Germany15
4Australia18
5Hungary19
6Philippines23
7Italy23
8UK25
9S. Africa26
10Argentina26
11Ukraine27
12Brazil27
World Avg46.7
q=47.
IT Security (2013)53
Pos.Lower is better53
1Ireland0.11
2Luxembourg0.11
3Belize0.11
...
74Sri Lanka1.67
75Oman1.72
76Iraq1.84
77Bangladesh1.87
78Sudan1.98
79India2.10
80Russia2.42
81USA3.68
World Avg0.98
q=81.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)54
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio54
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
4USA35.0
5Greece33.5
6Luxembourg32.4
7India26.8
8Portugal26.6
9Ireland26.1
10UK24.7
11Japan22.1
12France18.8
World Avg3.82
q=176.

7. National Culture

#charity #corruption #happiness #morals #politics

Personal Charitability
(World Position, 2013-2016)
55
Pos.Lower is better55
1Myanmar (Burma)1.25
2USA1.5
3New Zealand3.5
4Canada3.75
5Australia5.25
6UK6.75
7Ireland6.75
8Sri Lanka8
9Qatar9
10Trinidad & Tobago10
11Netherlands10
12UAE12
World Avg68.1185897435897
q=156.
Corruption (2012-2016)56
Pos.Higher is better
Avg Score56
1Denmark90.8
2New Zealand90.6
3Finland89.4
...
15Belgium76.0
16Hong Kong75.6
17Japan74.2
18USA74.0
19Ireland72.6
20Uruguay72.6
21Austria72.2
22Barbados71.5
World Avg43.05
q=176.
Happiness (2018)57
Pos.Higher is better57
1Finland7.6
2Norway7.6
3Denmark7.6
...
15Germany7.0
16Belgium6.9
17Luxembourg6.9
18USA6.9
19UK6.8
20UAE6.8
21Czechia6.7
22Malta6.6
World Avg5.38
q=156.
Creativity and Culture (2017)33
Pos.Lower is better
Rank33
1Belgium1
2Netherlands2
3Estonia3
...
64Mexico64
65S. Africa65
66Lebanon66
67USA67
68Guyana68
69Bosnia & Herzegovina69
70Tonga70
71Trinidad & Tobago71
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Open Trading, Aid and Development (2017)33
Pos.Lower is better
Rank33
1Ireland1
2Denmark2
3Sweden3
...
59Senegal59
60Kyrgyzstan60
61Qatar61
62USA62
63Congo, DR63
64Honduras64
65S. Korea65
66Benin66
World Avg82.0
q=163.

8. Peace Versus Instability

#extremism #human_development #peace #politics #religious_violence #terrorism

Global Peace Index (2012)58
Pos.Lower is better58
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
85Ecuador2.03
86Swaziland2.03
87Equatorial Guinea2.04
88USA2.06
89China2.06
90Dominican Rep.2.07
91Bangladesh2.07
92Guinea2.07
World Avg2.02
q=157.
Peacekeeping and Security (2017)33
Pos.Lower is better
Rank33
1Samoa1
2S. Africa2
3Tunisia3
...
69Bulgaria69
70Zimbabwe70
71Spain71
72USA72
73Cyprus73
74Jamaica74
75Guyana75
76Fiji76
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Refugees and UN Treaties (2017)33
Pos.Lower is better
Rank33
1Austria1
2Germany2
3Netherlands3
...
26Chile26
27Panama27
28Portugal28
29USA29
30Singapore30
31Greece31
32Bulgaria32
33S. Korea33
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Impact of Terrorism (2019)59
Pos.Lower is better
Score59
1Togo0.00
2Mongolia0.00
3Swaziland0.00
...
126Mozambique5.54
127Ukraine5.55
128Niger5.60
129USA5.69
130Kenya5.76
131Sudan5.81
132Colombia5.91
133Thailand6.03
World Avg2.78
q=150.

9. The Natural Environment

#biodiversity #climate_change #over-exploitation #the_environment

Forest Area Change 1990-2015 (2015)60
Pos.Higher is better
%60
1Iceland205.6
2Bahrain144.4
3Uruguay131.3
...
62Ukraine04.1
63Croatia03.8
64Iraq03.3
65USA02.7
66Georgia02.6
67Austria02.5
68Finland01.8
69Ivory Coast01.8
World Avg02.8
q=184.
Environmental Performance (2018)61
Pos.Higher is better61
1Switzerland87.4
2France84.0
3Denmark81.6
...
24Cyprus72.6
25Canada72.2
26Portugal71.9
27USA71.2
28Slovakia70.6
29Lithuania69.3
30Bulgaria67.9
31Costa Rica67.9
World Avg56.4
q=180.
Energy to GDP Efficiency (2014)62
Pos.Higher is better62
1Hong Kong26.32
2Sri Lanka20.00
3Panama17.86
...
74Armenia07.69
75New Zealand07.63
76Kuwait07.58
77USA07.58
78Czechia07.46
79Tajikistan07.46
80Thailand07.41
81Cambodia07.35
World Avg09.29
q=119.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Pos.Earlier is better
Signed
1China1993 Dec 29
2Guinea1993 Dec 29
3Cook Islands1993 Dec 29
...
190Timor-Leste (E. Timor)2007 Jan 08
191Brunei2008 Jul 27
192Iraq2009 Oct 26
193Somalia2009 Dec 10
194Palestine2015 Apr 02
195Andorra2015 May 05
196USA
197Vatican City
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.
Rational Beliefs on the Environment (2011)63
Pos.Higher is better
%63
1Argentina78.3%
2Greece77.6%
3Brazil77.1%
...
127UAE20.8%
128Norway20.5%
129Botswana20.4%
130USA19.7%
131Kuwait19.6%
132Zimbabwe19.6%
133Latvia19.5%
134Tunisia19.3%
World Avg39.9%
q=145.

10. Economic Inequality and Poverty

#capitalism #economics #health #inequality #life_expectancy #social_development

Inequality in Life Expectancy (2019)64
Pos.Higher is worse64
184Chad40.90
183Central African Rep.40.10
182Sierra Leone39.00
...
54Oman6.70
53Saudi Arabia6.40
52Romania6.30
51USA6.30
50Chile6.30
49Bulgaria6.10
48Malaysia6.10
47Maldives6.00
World Avg14.59
q=184.
Income Inequality (Gini Coefficient) (2017)65
Pos.Lower is better
%65
1Ukraine25.0
2Belarus25.4
3Slovenia25.4
...
103Kenya40.8
104Malaysia41.0
105Haiti41.1
106USA41.5
107Ivory Coast41.5
108Djibouti41.6
109Papua New Guinea41.9
110Turkey41.9
World Avg38.1
q=152.

11. Religion and Beliefs

#afterlife #belief #buddhism #christianity #god #heaven #hell #hinduism #islam #judaism #religion #universalism #usa

Religiosity (2009)49
Pos.Lower is better
%49
1Estonia16
2Sweden17
3Denmark19
...
27Uzbekistan51
28Serbia54
29Ireland54
30USA65
31Argentina66
32Chile70
33Croatia70
34Singapore70
World Avg75.1
q=114.
Disbelief In God (2007)66
Pos.Higher is better
%66
1Vietnam81
2Japan65
3Sweden64
...
38Kazakhstan12
39China12
40Uruguay12
41USA10
42Trinidad & Tobago9
43Albania8
44Dominican Rep.7
45Croatia7
World Avg9.9
q=137.

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below67:

Christian78.3%
Muslim0.9%
Hindu0.6%
Buddhist1.2%
Folk Religion0.2%
Jew1.8%
Unaffiliated16.4%

It appears that when asked "What religion are you" many give pollsters the 'correct' answer despite how they actually feel, and despite what they actually believe. Although 83% of the populace say they belong to a religion, only 65% say that they are religious when the question is phrased as "Is religion an important part of your daily life?".

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The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Protestant 51.3%, Roman Catholic 23.9%, Mormon 1.7%, other Christian 1.6%, Jewish 1.7%, Buddhist 0.7%, Muslim 0.6%, other or unspecified 2.5%, unaffiliated 12.1%, none 4% (2007 est.)68.

The Afterlife: Ipsos-NA in 2011 gathered some statistics on USA69. Despite the large numbers of Christians, not many have traditional beliefs in the afterlife - just 41%. Some people don't know what to believe (20%). Some believe that upon death, you simply cease to exist (11%). Also, 4% specifically believe in heaven but not in hell (which is nice - making them possible "universalists"). 4% believe in reincarnation.

Of the 5% of Americans who said they do not believe in God in 2007, only a quarter labelled themselves as atheist. 3 in 20 of American who tell pollsters that they don't believe in God also still call themselves Christian, another 1 in 20 still call themselves Jewish70.

Freedom of Religion and Belief: As far as developed countries go, the USA has particular problems with religious tolerance. Although the legal system is fair in many ways and you should expect tolerance, "the actions of local governments and private businesses suggest otherwise"71 and the amount of discrimination is "massive" (according to a congressional report in 1999)72.

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