Religious Takeover Essay

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Religious Takeover
In present day United States there is an abundance of problems which attribute to many unhappy citizens. One of those problems being the great influence that religion has on politics; some might say that it’s taking over. While many conservative republicans and devout Christians might argue that allowing religion to influence our politics helps boost the morale of a morally-challenged population, religion, when mixed with politics, only causes deep divides between different political parties and allows unconstitutional laws to be made.
One reason religion needs to be pulled out of politics is because a majority of the public in America agree that churches need to stay ...view middle of the document...

One article states that, “about half of the public (51%) agrees that religious conservatives have too much control over the GOP” (Miller 5). An example of political issues dividing parties would be the sad case of Terry Schiavo. After Suffering from cardiac arrest in 1990, Terri Schiavo was in a vegetative state being kept alive by feeding tube. Her husband fought to have that tube removed while her parents wanted it to stay. The public became involved in this case which was said to have blurred the lines of politics and religion (Torr). Former Republican Senator John Danforth comments on the case saying, “Republican leaders gladly abandoned principals that for decades had bound their party together in order to meet the demands of Christian conservatives” (Danforth). This also reveals how religion brings politics into the personal lives of American citizens, violating their privacy.
One final reason religion should have no part in politics is because the Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” (Miller 2). So by allowing personal religious beliefs to influence their decisions respecting laws, politicians are breaking the very rules that are the infrastructure to our country. The United States is known for its principal of separation of church from state, and even though it is not written in the Constitution, it is accepted as a constitutional principal. In the early 2000’s many Americans were pushing to bring more religion into politics despite what is written in the Constitution (Miller 1). Even the 14th amendment makes all protections provided by the first amendment applicable at state level, so creating laws that directly correlate with religion would be doing something unconstitutional (Miller 2). If politicians, who should be the most patriotic of all, were to make laws based upon religion, they would be going against what this great nation is admired for. Politicians and government leaders are who represent the United zStates; if they break the very rules they should be protecting what does that say about the future of this country? This also doesn’t give other nations a very good view point of one of the most powerful...

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