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.

“His Will Be Done,”; Does God have a place in current US politics?

Sen. Ted Cruz – On God’s Role In His Fight – The Brody File – click here for the video In a recent interview with CBN regarding the government shut … Continue reading

December 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Church and State how deep should the divide go?

“Americans today should be free as the Founders were to pray,” So says David A. Courtman in the latest round of a subject that has been debated since the founding … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Religion: Impeding Same sex marriage in the United States of America?

  The issue of same sex marriage has been heavily debated over the last couple of decades. The pro-gay marriage lobby has seen support for this issue gain momentum both … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

The National Organization for Marriage Vs. same sex marriage.

“Two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans agree that gay and lesbian relationships should be accepted by society, while roughly 1-in-4 (26 percent) disagree.” As shown by the polling data above generally … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Catholic Vote Anti-Abortion Campaign Video of 2009

“Life. Imagine the potential”, says Catholic Vote’s campaign video against abortion, a movement of “a community of patriotic Americans who believe our nation’s founding principles are good and true, and … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

What is Christian Libertarianism and can they truly be seen as Christian?

What is Christian Libertarianism? According to Murray Rothbard, the group began to emerge in the mid-17th century during the European colonization of the Americas. They are a Christian group who … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why the Christian Right opposes “Obamacare” and why it really shouldn’t.

You don’t exactly have to spend hours researching Obamacare to discover that the Christian right within America isn’t exactly its biggest fan.  In the words of Doctor Benjamin Carson, surgeon, … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

“In God We Trust” – Do ‘We’ all agree?

The phrase “In God We Trust” made its first appearance on the American coins in 1864, and later on the paper currency in 1957.  But recently it was announced that … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Should religion influence your vote?

  It is undeniable that US presidential campaigns over the years have often been heavily focused on the candidates own faith. Even the most recent election in 2012 could not … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Should Same-Sex Marriage be Legalised in the United States?

The issue of marriage equality has been a very controversial topic of late, one supported by President Barack Obama. Obama has publicly supported equality for same-sex couples, and has even … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Can you be a true American if you don’t believe in ‘God’?

http://images.christianpost.com/full/63987/perplexed-by-the-pledge.jpg            The questions of what it means to be an American, and whether the US is a Christian nation have become seemingly intertwined. From inaugural Presidential speeches to the … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Does the Bill of Rights lack support for the minority religions?

A minority is defined as ‘a racial, religious, political, national, or other group thought to be different from the larger group of which it is part’, i.e. the United States … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

# Free Speech…?

(Source: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/17/sorry-you-cant-get-out-of-hell-by-retweeting-the-pope/) Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the hundreds more that exist, welcome to the world of social media. The first words …“Are you on Facebook?” Personal information placed on the internet … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Does America want to protect it’s own notion of being Christian from Islam?

President Barack Obama claimed while in Turkey in 2009, that  “we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Abortion, “A relic of the past”. A Republican view in modern America.

The issue of abortion for the Republican Party, has been a major issue on their policies since the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade (1973) which gave women more … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Religious Freedom Day- more like Religious Freedom What?

Set up under George W H Bush’s administration in 1993, Religious Freedom Day occurs every year on 16th January, focusing on the respect and freedom to practise whichever religion one … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mitt Romney and the Presidential Litmus Test

Most commentators would agree that Mitt Romney’s failed presidential campaign of last year suffered from a number of problems, most of which, it must be said, stemmed from the candidate’s … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cafeteria Christians

 What are they and why are they a growing trend in America? Most would agree that America is a country with a huge Religious influence. A new trend of Christian … Continue reading

December 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

When does life begin? The on going debate about Abortion throughout the United States

Bob Englehart’s 1981 political cartoon “When Does Life Begin?,” originally published by The Hartford Courant  Abortion is a widely and extensively discussed topic throughout the US. With extreme views of … Continue reading

December 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Thanksgiving: has self-reliance become self-worship?

This month brings the festival of Thanksgiving during which we thank God for His favors with another good year’s harvest. It is a celebration of America’s exceptionalism: our perceived self–reliance … Continue reading

December 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Domino Theory Strikes Again

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term ‘cartoon’ as: “a simple drawing showing the features of its subjects in a humorously exaggerated way, especially a satirical one in a newspaper … Continue reading

December 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

God created the earth in seven days and He doesn’t want gays to marry: the Christian Right and its relationship with marriage equality

             Last month saw the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Illinois, despite much resistance from religious leaders such as Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of … Continue reading

December 3, 2013 · Leave a comment
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