Religion and Politics in the US

Welcome to RelPol, a student peer reviewed online magazine. This magazine is part of the assessment for the module "In God We Trust" @ the University of Hull.

Political and Religious Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage since the Landmark Supreme Court Ruling

 It cannot be denied that the influence of religion on politics (Christianity in particular) in the United States is still substantial. The Obergefell v. Hodges Ruling of June 2015 which … Continue reading

December 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Is Politics at a Crossroads with Religion?

http://www.cathnewsusa.com/2012/03/in-u-s-politics-religion-still-plays-a-part/ A recent study from Pew Forum has suggested that the influence of religion in, not only, American politics, but American life, has declined over recent years. However, of this … Continue reading

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Heritage or Hate

On the evening of June 17 2015 nine African Americans were murdered during a prayer service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church. The suspected perpetrator of the Charleston shootings … Continue reading

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Did I Get To Vote On Your Marriage? Religious Beliefs vs. Human Rights

http://www.onewhiteduck.com/tag/gay-marriage/ Friday the 26th of June 2015 saw a landmark decision within the United States as the Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage should be legal within all American … Continue reading

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Who can claim religious exemption for providing birth control?

  The Obamacare reforms; formally known as the Affordable Care Act were signed into Law by President Barack Obama on 23th March 2010. The Presidents goals for the improvements to American … Continue reading

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The Republican Party and the US as a Christian country

This political cartoon shows the issue of the Republican Party’s belief that the US is a Christian nation. This in turn, leads the party to want Christian beliefs to influence … Continue reading

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How closely is the issue of abortion in the USA related to religion?

Abortion and women’s reproductive rights have been a widely debated topic is recent years in the United States. Roe v Wade [1] in 1973 was a landmark case, extending a … Continue reading

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Ben Carson Has No Faith in Democracy: His Fear of a Muslim president shows he doesn’t really trust the voters or the republic

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/nicole-hemmer/2015/09/29/carsons-muslim-president-comments-show-no-faith-in-american-democracy    This article is written by Nicole Hemmer, talking about the statement which stated by Ben Carson – a neurosurgeon, what he thinks about the importance of the faith … Continue reading

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Religious Extremist Reactions To The Legalization Of Gay Marriage

On June 26th 2015 the Supreme Court ruled in the case Obergefell v. Hodges that state enforced same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruling is seen as a triumph … Continue reading

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Texas Trying to Rewrite History through Religion

                               Back in November of 2014, the Texas School Board of Education approved textbooks that told students that biblical figures had much more influence on the U.S. government than … Continue reading

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Kanye West Is More Of A Deity Than A President.

Kanye West is God. He has said so himself in songs and in the media, his fans would seemingly agree because there is even a church created around his alter … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

‘You’d better stay on your side of the wall!’ – The hypersensitivity of the Church and State

With the current trend of social changes gradually gaining momentum in the United States, such as the same sex marriage legalization in a growing number of states, it would be safe … Continue reading

December 8, 2014

Muslim life in the United States; post 9/11 portrayal and representation

13 years ago, the United States of America suffered an attack orchestrated by Osama Bin Laden and the Al Qaeda. 13 years ago changed America’s global image and impacted on … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Christmas Cheer and the Separation of Church and State… the Huckabee way

Former Republican presidential candidate and earlier Baptist minister Mike Huckabee released a campaign advert in December 2007 that sparked controversy within the US as Americans saw presidential campaigns seep onto … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Catholic Church omerta in the USA

The United States has faced sexual scandal in all forms and levels of legality throughout the past decade alone. Clinton’s conduct, the Penn State grooming and sexual assault cases just … Continue reading

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Trouble in Texas; Rick Perry’s ‘Strong’.

In December 2011, during the run up to the 2012 Presidential Elections, a social media storm erupted over a 30 second ad produced by Rick Perry for President. In the … Continue reading

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If Obama can; why can’t you?

For several decades same sex marriage has been an issue across the world. On June 28th 2013 the U.S Supreme Court recognized that banning same sex marriage was unconstitutional and … Continue reading

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In God 76% of us Trust: The Decline of Christianity in the United States and its effects upon Religious Rhetoric

Image from Atheist Meme Base Adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956, ‘In God we Trust’ has been ingrained into the American psyche since the origination of the … Continue reading

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The Conservative Christian Right: Proud to-B–an American?

What first springs to mind when you think about religion and politics in the United States of America? The multitude of religions practiced in one Country? The Founding Fathers and … Continue reading

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America, Land of the Free Bigots?

In a recent episode of The 700 Club, a news broadcasting show on the Christian Broadcasting Network, both run by former Southern Baptist minister Pat Robertson, the former minister made … Continue reading

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Church wants the Separation of Church and State to only work one way.

Once again people in the ‘land of the free’ are trying to make it less free for a select few. The cartoon illustrated is representing a recent event in Houston … Continue reading

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Westboro Baptist Church vs. Homosexuality in Modern America

The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is quickly becoming one of the most controversial extremist religious groups in the United States. Their intolerant views on same sex marriage are the primary … Continue reading

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Bridging the impossible gap… From Virginia to the Vatican

  Remember a time in the 1960s when Catholicism was synonymous with democratic voting? John F. Kennedy was elected by the Irish, the Italians, the Poles, and the Hispanics; pretty … Continue reading

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Is religion losing its influence in American politics?

Image from Pew Research – Religion and Public Life Project ‘Public Sees Religion’s Influence Waning’ September 22, 2014 ‘History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a … Continue reading

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The Role of Religion in Ferguson: What Would Jesus Protest?

The above pictures were both taken during the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of a young African-American man, Michael Brown, by a member of the Ferguson … Continue reading

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US intentions to create peace in the Middle East

Individuals group together because they share a commonality, whether a neighborhood shares there common location or a Protestant Church shares a common faith in a benevolent God. They attempt get … Continue reading

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Religion is losing its influence in American politics… but America doesn’t like it.

The majority of people in the U.S. believe religion losing its influence in politics is a bad thing. However, 72% of Americans argue religion is losing its influence in American life today … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment
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