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1-22-09 Political Science Democratization: Formal and Informal Changes Formal: Changes to the constitution Informal: many informal changes Presidential speeches: Obama taps into our history Elaborated on religion element—first president to use the term Muslim in an inaugural address. Bush-used Mosque in 2001, in 2005 our country has improved because of our teachings of Muslim culture. Obama followed in Bush’s steps by referring to Muslims. Special address part of political community. But he also said that certain govt.’s around the world need to stop blaming the west because we will defeat you. Formal Democratization No religious Test (1787, Article VI) o Religion-first thing noted in the Bill of Rights o Some colonies had to affirm the trinity The Bill of Rights (1791, 1 st 10 Amendments) o 1 st speaker of the house was a minister o Churches were revolutionary—unlike French Revolution o 18 th century religion was diverse-no set religion o
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