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Morozowich 1 Maria Morozowich Mr. Steeley AP Language and Composition 3 April 2018 The Folly of Devout Americans With the growing tensions between religions in the modern world, Americans recall the creation of the United States and the role religion played in the government. Many practice a religion to have a fulfilling purpose in life and believe that this nation should share the same purpose. An overwhelming amount of Americans are convinced that the US must become a religious state. They claim that the founding fathers were Christian and implemented Christian ideals into several important documents about the creation of the country. Yet, several of the founding fathers were deists and diverted from Christianity. Even though Christianity influenced several elements, the founding fathers never wanted a government dominated by religion. Although numerous Americans believe that the US government should have a religious element to it, our nation must remain secular as the Founding Fathers never intended to create a theocratic government. An overwhelming amount of Americans believe that the US government should have a religious element to it. In fact, fifty-five percent of Americans are convinced that the “constitution establishes a Christian nation” (USA Today). Even though the majority believes it so, that does not mean that their beliefs are true. The constitution in no way mentions that Americans must be religious, specifically Christian. Some devout Americans will dance around this and state that it is implied that the constitution is Christian, as people of the past are more
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Morozowich 2 religious than today. However, if one looks back to the roots of this country, out of all the colonies there has “never been an official religion” (Sehat). If there was no official religion when the constitution was created, then why would the men who wrote it encourage one? Having a
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  • Fall '16
  • Zoller
  • Christianity, Freedom of religion, Separation of church and state, Secular state, State religion, Theocracy

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