How Does Religion Affect Politics

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The United State of America was founded, because the colonists wanted to escape tyranny and they wanted religious freedom. The Pilgrims came to America from Europe to have religious freedom before the United States was even established. The United States today is home for so many different religions and people who believe different faiths. An episode, from PBS, called “Of God and Caesar” is the sixth and last episode of a series called “God in America” and it goes into how religion can affect politics. Even though it says in the first amendment of the United States constitution that there should be a separation of church and state. The video shows that some beliefs can affect politics and it can affect the agendas some people have while they …show more content…
In the early 1900’s the evangelicals were not in politics. They believed that the church should stay out of politics, but when the 1960’s happen they felt that America was becoming more secular with all of the drugs and hippies. The event that made the Evangelicals start being involved in politics was in 1973 when the courts decided to legalize abortion. The Catholics were the first to protest the decision, but then the evangelicals started to protest. The ministers even started preaching sermons about abortion, which before these events the evangelical ministers said, ministers should not preach about politics. The first presidential candidate that the evangelicals rallied behind was Ronald Reagan. During his campaign Reagan proposed things that aligned with the evangelicals agenda. For Example, Reagan proposed an amendment that would ban abortions. With help from evangelical voters Ronald Reagan was elected as the 40th President of the United States. The Evangelicals were credited for electing Reagan. President Regan would go on to propose an amendment that would bring back voluntary prayer back in schools. The proposed amendments failed and the Evangelicals felt like Regan didn’t do the things he promised them while he was campaigning. Even though the Evangelicals were disappointed in President Regan’s Presidency, He was a very influential President. Reagan was also a very good speaker. One of …show more content…
More and more people disliked how religion and politics were coming together. The video showed that more people are not getting involved in religion or politics, the polls show that 1 in 6 Americans are not religious. The reason that more people are not involved in religion and politics is because the people who are not involved said they are both mistrustful.
The Democratic Party hasn’t been doing well with religious voters until Barack Obama ran for office in 2008. President Obama didn’t like the way the religious people from the Republican Party were campaigning political issues. E.J. Dionne said that the president was also trying to argue that the separation of church and state is not the same as religion and politics. Barack Obama went on to be elected the 44th President of the United

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