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By Vincent D. Rougeau

What does it suggest to be a Christian citizen of the USA this present day? This publication demanding situations the argument that the USA is a Christian state, and that the yank founding and the yankee structure should be associated with a Christian figuring out of the country and society. Vincent Rougeau argues that the USA has develop into an monetary empire of patron voters, led through elites who search to safe American political and monetary dominance around the globe. Freedom and democracy for the oppressed are the general public issues recommend to justify this dominance, however the motive force in the back of American hegemony is the necessity to maintain fiscal development and retain social peace within the usa. This situation increases vital questions for Christians. lately, spiritual voices in American politics have taken on a moralistic stridency. person concerns like abortion and same-sex marriage were used to "guilt" many Christians into balloting Republican or to deter them from vote casting in any respect. utilizing Catholic social educating as some degree of departure, Rougeau argues that conservative American politics is pushed by means of perspectives of the person and the nation which are inconsistent with mainstream Catholic social inspiration. with out pondering extra commonly approximately their non secular traditions and the way these traditions may still tell their engagement with the fashionable global, it's unwise for Christians to imagine that urgent unmarried matters is a suitable solution to actualize their religion commitments within the public realm. Rougeau deals involved Christians new instruments for a severe overview of criminal, political and social questions. He proceeds from the basic Christian premise of the God-given dignity of the human individual, a dignity which could purely be discovered totally in group with others. which means the Christian can't easily concentrate on person empowerment as 'freedom' yet also needs to search to nurture group participation and unity for all voters. Rougeau demonstrates what occurs while those rules are utilized to a number of particular modern concerns related to the kinfolk, economics, and race. He concludes via delivering a brand new version of public engagement for Christians within the American Empire.

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They have become apologists for an imperialist foreign policy that places heavy burdens on the poor and the working class, while at the same time they press for reactionary solutions to complex social problems like terrorism, abortion, homosexual unions, and immigration. The Religious Right To consolidate its power in what remains a fairly religious country, over the last quarter century the Republican Party has allowed its political vision of the relationship between religion and public life to be shaped increasingly by conservative evangelicals and traditionalist Roman Catholics.

31 Paul Weyrich, a key ‘‘movement conservative’’ and a Republican activist for decades, agreed, and he laid bare some of the class resentment and disdain for ‘‘liberal’’ Christianity that have helped reshaped the Republican Party into a political vehicle for American religious conservatism: ‘‘Danforth says the Republican Party has been taken over by zealots of the religious right and the party should return to the way it was before the religious right got involved. Mind you, values voters amount to a quarter of the entire GOP coalition.

Catholics form the largest single religious denomination in the United States and were considered essential swing voters in the 2004 presidential election. During the last two decades, a tendency toward social conservatism among Catholics has old-time religion in a free-market empire 27 revealed some common ground with evangelical Christians, thereby softening what has typically been a tense association. Furthermore, a common desire to overturn Roe v. Wade has allowed many Catholics and evangelicals to form close working partnerships and has revealed more religious common ground than was once assumed.

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