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Why is religion so tied up with politics in America?

It's not really an issue here in the UK, which I think is a good thing. I am a Christian but feel my political beliefs are my own business and nothing to do with my faith. I vote for who I believe will do the best job for my country and nothing else. Why is religion so important in politics in America?

Asked By: - 10/30/2008
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Because people choose to ignore the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson's Wall of Separation Letter... More
Answered By: Think 1st - 10/30/2008
Additional Answers (8)
2 Words. Jimmy Carter. Just one more great legacy he left us with.
Answered By: Nevets - 10/30/2008
 
It only became an issue when the Christian Right took over the republican party. Once that happened, I turned my back on the republican party forever.
Answered By: smoofus70 - 10/30/2008
 
A person's religeon is ingrained in every aspect of one's life. How can you vote for a leader when you don't support his ideas.
Answered By: cincat - 10/30/2008
 
if you look closer you will find the two are more closly linked than you think here as well as everywhere else in the world
Answered By: sparkey - 10/30/2008
 
well would you elect someone that was an atheist or didn't belong to a religion? most people wouldn't because religion shows that they have faith and can believe in something. this is the same why candidates are always married. being married shows the public that someone can stand you
Answered By: Jon S - 10/30/2008
 
Religion answers the question of "Why do we exist?". It provides an explanation to why we are on earth and should effect nothing else... More
Answered By: Diplo - 10/30/2008
 
In a real democracy, religion and politics are completely independent of each other! Unfortunately, the United States have not yet achieved this ideal!
Answered By: Bonjo - 10/30/2008
 
Whether you believe it or not, I believe that it is because of our trust in God that America has become the great nation that it is. Our national motto is "In God We Trust". Those words are printed on every piece of currency. Every single morning in school we pledge allegience to the flag and use the worlds "under God... More
Answered By: Ua - 10/30/2008
 
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