Politics or Religion

Essay by iloveshinerUniversity, Bachelor'sA, September 2004

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Religion is a very controversial subject in today's political scene. Stephen L. Carter wrote an article, "The Culture of Disbelief," about religion in today's political society. It includes how the American culture is taught to hide their religious beliefs to be politically correct. My peers and I express our various opinions toward Mr. Carter's article.

Stephen L. Carter's article is shows that politics put religious beliefs on the back burner. He also says that we are taught to act as if our faith does not matter to us when it comes to legal or political issues. Although, this is what the public is taught to do when religion is brought into the political scene, it does not always happen that way. When a political leader does do something religious, such as wearing a cross as a necklace, the public runs to the opportunity to point out that it was wrong.

Carter replies, "one sees a trend in our political and legal cultures toward treating religious beliefs as arbitrary and unimportant, a trend supported by a rhetoric that implies that there is something wrong with religious devotion"(178). Carter disagrees that our culture teaches us that religion is not to be taken seriously. "There are, we are taught by our opinion leaders, religious matters and important matters, and disaster arises when we confuse the two," Carter also mentions (179). We asked to separate our private lives and our public life to hide the fact that God is important to us. "We are one of the most religious nations on earth, in the sense that we have a deeply religious citizenry," he uses for an example (180). He states that the First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the "free exercise" of the religion but also prohibits its "establishment" by the...