The Importance of Political Candidates Religion in American Politics
Religion and Politics have played a loud and at some times discordant counterpoint in the United States for many years. There has always been a correlation between conservative politics and fundamentalist religion in American History. As American’s we’ve always had had the constitutional right to chose our religion. Yet our country’s leaders, that sit in the highest political seats have traditionally been evangelistic Protestants. Which have dominated religion in politics during the final decade or two in the twentieth century, and if the past is any indication, they will most likely continue to dominate the arenas, with some exceptions, at least through the early decades of the twenty-first century. Though voter seem to notice candidate’s religion less and less over the years. Past waves of religious activism have lasted for several decades at a stretch, and there is little reason to think the religious right will scatter more quickly.
In looking at the broad picture of religion in politics across American history, one is beat by how religion stayed for the most part, within the boundaries layed out by the founders of the constitution. Except for a handful of border groups that have tried to influence voters, on both the right and left, religion in the United States is not associated with political violence. Nor does any major religious group seriously advocate that taxpayers fund ministers or enact a religious test for public office. Moreover, to be successful in American Politics and with American voters, religious groups have had to find a way to border their arguments in worldly-wise terms. The result of all of this is that the United States has been able to temper the bitter religious friction in politics that has occupied so much of Human history.
Yet despite how religiously emancipated the United States of America is, the general public that votes, still concentrates very much on political candidates religion.
Whether or not religion will continue to be a constructive voice in politics in the decades a head is an open question. Scientific materialism has made it more difficult for religious believer to effectively join the public debate: and the dramatic secularization of public life in recent years has added new barriers to mixing faith in politics. Even so, the United States remains one of the most religious nations in the industrialized world, and it would be foolish to discount the inherent power of religious idealism for animating social and political reform.
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