Christianity and politics
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31-12-2015, 10:49 AM
RE: Christianity and politics
(24-12-2015 09:53 PM)f stop Wrote:  I'm debating the following proposition:

Christianity is the most potent political force in America.

I'm going to be defending the pro side, i.e., arguing that it's true.
  • Should I be arguing the pro side?
  • What arguments could I advance on the pro side?
  • What argument might I encounter on the con side?
  • If Christianity is not the most potent political force in America then what is?
  • I anticipate that my opponent will bring up the following on the con side:
    • Christianity's failure to prevent the prohibition of prayer in public school.
    • Christianity's failure to prevent the prohibition of the use of public school property for religious purposes.
    • Christianity's failure to prevent abortions-on-demand.
    • Christianity's failure to prevent the Supreme Court's "perversion of the meaning of and intent behind the First Amendment."
The debate starts Saturday night. Any thoughts.

[*]Should I be arguing the pro side?

Seems fine and it is true to a large degree (as Chas points out, money talks and that plays a huge roll too. But if the majority of those giving money are christians using their religion to bias who they support with their vote and their donations, then the religious aspect is the driving force)

[*]What arguments could I advance on the pro side?

Manipulation. Religion hasn't always had such an obvious influence in our politics. It seems to have ramped up during the Cold War with the fight against "Godless Communism." Then everyone who wasn't a conservative was a commie (liberals are commies. Socialists are commies. Etc)

[*]What argument might I encounter on the con side?

It hasn't always had such a strong influence because we are a secular nation. (that one kind of goes both ways)


"[*]Christianity's failure to prevent the prohibition of prayer in public school."

It isn't prohibited. Teachers can't lead their students in it, but no one is not allowed to pray in a public school

"[*]Christianity's failure to prevent the prohibition of the use of public school property for religious purposes."

They have never been allowed to do that

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"[*]Christianity's failure to prevent abortions-on-demand."

Point out the christians that support on-demand abortion

"[*]Christianity's failure to prevent the Supreme Court's "perversion of the meaning of and intent behind the First Amendment." "

Point out Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Baptists of Danbury.

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