No issue has disturbed American politics more than the attempt by the Christian right to dismantle the traditional wall between church and state erected by the framers of the Constitution. Efforts to inject religious issues into the secular business of democratic government, and extravagant claims that America was founded as a Christian nation and that it should return to that condition, have led opponents to argue that the absence of any mention of God in the Constitution was a conscious action on the part of the framers, intended to prevent the bloody religious controversies that had marked European history. In this polemic two scholars refute the attempt to introduce what they term "religious correctness" into American politics. This text suggests a return to the first principles of democracy and offers a guide to keeping them intact.
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