Article Analysis: Wienclaw's 'Religion, Government, and Politics'

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Wienclaw's (2009) "Religion, Government, and Politics" provides a general overview of how religion influences politics and public policy by influencing worldview. The author provides an overview of research on this area of study, which distinguishes between theocratic nations and nations that attempt to legislate the separation of church and state like the United States. The author points out that even when legislation prevents too much collusion between religious and public policy, voters are invariably influenced by their religious beliefs and backgrounds. This relationship has been supported and substantiated by empirical research. The first section of the article is about church and state in the United States. While religion has been a catalyst for social change as it has been with racial justice, religion has also impeded the progress of the American democracy in that politicians remain heavily influenced by their religious backgrounds (Wienclaw, 2009). Therefore, the author describes a conflicted and ambiguous relationship between religion and politics in the United States. The United States professes to have a secular culture that sidelines religion, but in fact, it has been impossible to practically remove religion from politics. The author points out that religion and politics have been entwined in the United States throughout the history of the union. The second section of the article is about theocratic state nations. Wienclaw (2009) focuses on Islamic nations

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