The coming decline of religious pandering in politics

By Andrew Seidel

A bill to put “In God We Trust” in public schools. A resolution declaring this the “Year of the Bible.” Another bill declaring that “wildlife found in this state is the property of Almighty God.” A law mandating the placement of a Ten Commandments monument on public land.

These moves are unconstitutional because the government is promoting religion. But often, they are as much a political tool as they are a religious declaration. Fortunately and at long last, we might be seeing the blunting of this political weapon.

Religious pandering is toxic.

These bills, resolutions, laws and others like them pander to religious voters. At FFRF, we’ve always been quick to call out this pandering. So were the Founders. James Madison was fond of explaining that the wall of separation between state and church benefits both sides: “both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.” 

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