Religion in Politics

Religion and politics in the United States are tied inextricably to one another, a tandem that is manifest in several key ways. From the efforts of religious special interest groups to influence public policy to candidates' goals of appealing to a large portion of the populace, religious faith is both a desired end as well as a tool used by eager politicians. Religion has recently been recognized as a necessary component of American political platforms. In comparison to the world's other industrialized nations, the United States is a rather religious country, and this characteristic is evident in several modern political and journalistic trends.

Regardless of the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment to the Constitution—ensuring the populace that the federal government shall make no law ...

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