Does conservative religion drive American politics or not

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The Role of Religion in American Politics Religion’s place in American politics cannot simply be ignored. While religion does not directly affect the policies proposed or enacted by legislators, due to the separation of church and state, it indirectly affects the politicians elected and the views by which their policies are created and justified. Conservative religion certainly affects the vote count, but so too do the centrists and modernists. It would be folly to contend that conservative religion solely drives American politics. As Dr. Corwin Smidt correctly stated, the separation of church and state cannot stop the influence of religion in today’s American politics. Frank Lambert, in his book Religion in American Politics: a Short Story agrees, “Indeed, one of the exceptional features of the American Revolution was the separation of church and state. Separation did not, however, mean that religion was regarded as unimportant in the new nation; on the contrary, many deemed it to have a mission far more important than that of politics.” In fact, it was James Madison himself that shaped the way religion would affect society and government in the United States of America, says Lambert. “With the 1785 passage of the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom, Madison’s position prevailed in Virginia and became the model for the federal constitution as well: no religious
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2008 for the course MC 202 taught by Professor Kikiedozie during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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