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Com). In addition to concentrating on the personal faith of the Founders and historical descriptions of the importance of Christianity in colonial times, certain documents from the Founders are viewed as critical evidence for the Christian origin to the nation. First, many point to the phrase within Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence that attributes American’s inalienable rights to a Creator. For Pat Robertson, the Declaration of Independence makes it clear that it was God who created human beings as equal and God’s love inspired the Founders to affirm that various rights were given to human beings by God (Destiny 69).
Although there are a large group of political conservatives who rarely focus on religion at all and define themselves as “secular,” some of the most well-known of conservative pundits include the topic of religion and politics in their repertoire of issues. This chapter will examine some of the more common views of these Christian conservative advocates concerning the problems with American politics and what they believe to be the proper relationship between the church and state. Even though, as historian and evangelical Mark Noll states, there is an anti-intellectual tension that is common among some evangelical Christians as certain forms of intellectualism are perceived as interfering with Christian life, Christian conservatives still have intellectual arguments for what they are trying to achieve politically (Scandal 12).
Defense 26) Rick Scarborough recalls living in a time when people did not lock their doors or cars, when there was less crime and violence, and when people stood up for what was right (Defense 25). He also entitles a chapter in his book Enough Is Enough, “Life in the Fifties Was Good” (Enough 29). Sara Diamond has called this tendency within the Christian right a politics that is rooted in a longing for a nostalgic past, and she believes that this idea resonates with a large portion of the mainstream Americans who believe that the country has regressed from this purer and more innocent past (Not by Politics 8).
Beyond Religious Right and Secular Left Rhetoric: The Road to Compromise by Karin Fry (auth.)