Some legal or sociological key concepts, such as neutrality of state, freedom of religion, secularism, and civil religion, are common to occidental nations and cultures, and particularly to France and the US. These concepts, however, do not have the same significance everywhere. Confusion resulting from the use of the same concepts in different cultural contexts is one of the main causes of misunderstanding between people. The significance of freedom of religion is completely different in the US and in France. In the US, freedom of religion protects religions and individuals from the state, from other religions, or both. Most other western countries understand freedom of religion in this same way; the French perception of religion is rather rare. In France, freedom of religion emancipated people from Catholicism and grants them the protection of the state against religious influence in society.
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