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.

‘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

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

December 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

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

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

To what extent has radicalism swept the United States?

It is a known fact that radical Christianity is often overlooked and equally sometimes ignored. There is a widespread consensus across the United States by newly established Christian radicals that … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Religion or Politics – Which is to blame for the ongoing issue of abortion in the United States?

2014 marked 41 years since the famous Roe v. Wade case, where the Supreme Court decided to establish a woman’s constitutional rights to abortion in the first three months of … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Political Integrity & The Healthcare Gospel

Video taken from Fox News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6F0pvImpOY&feature=youtu.be All Presidents must dream of ending their terms with the realisation of a vision.  But will Barack Obama realise his, with the fulfilment of a … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

How convincing is ‘The war on Christmas’ in the modern day America?

(Video taken from The O’Reilly Factor 5/12/2013)  The global corporation Fox News is the largest conservative producer of journalism in the U.S. As such it argues almost every month that citizens, or … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Justice Scalia Continues his Crusade to Defend Keeping God and Religion in the Public Arena.

Addressing a Christian audience at Colorado University on October 1st, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia put forward the case that secularists are misguided in their on-going contention that the U.S … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mormonism: Did It Impact Romney’s 2012 Presidential Election?

In America there is supposed to be a separation of the Church and State but was this really the case when it came to voting in the 2012 Presidential Election? … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Does Creationism Have A Place In Politics?

Source: Youtube Christine O’Donnell, during an interview in 1998 provided the world with a blunder of a quote “evolution is a myth.” Years later, in 2010, when she tried to … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

The First Amendment meets Reality

For a country that prides itself upon its equal liberty, and takes so seriously its constitution, to what extent is America’s most treasured amendment met with such diligence when religion … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is this what the founding fathers meant?

  America is often seen by the rest of the world as a Christian nation, in 2007 a U.S Religious Landscape Survey showed that of the 30,000 people questioned, 78.4% of … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment