The Bill Of The United States Of America Essay examples

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Since 1956 “In God we trust” replaced “E pluribus unum” as the official motto of the United-States of America. At that time, former president Dwight Eisenhower had to deal with the Cold War and its implications. By renaming the official motto of its country Eisenhower wanted to mark even more clearly its opposition to the “godless” USSR.

60 years later, this motto is still the official motto of the United-States, printed on every American dollar bills. Despite this symbol, religion and politics are separated in the US since the Bill of Rights ratified in 1791. It is indeed stated in the First Amendment of the American Constitution that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ». Although not firmly separating church and state, this amendment promotes the freedom of each individual to practise its own religion and forbids the Congress from directly intervening in religious matters.
In the meantime, 65% of Americans consider that “religion is important in their daily life” . This high level of religiosity is very unusual for a developed country, especially if we compare it to Japan for instance, where only 23.5% of the interrogated crowd considers religion as an important part of their everyday life. If this high level of religiosity seems to be a characteristic shared by a major part of the American population, how influential is it on the political ground? Can the term of American exceptionalism be…

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