place for religion in politics, and to bring politics into religion is the dreaded, eighth
deadly sin. However, religious teachings have shaped the course of history for
centuries. Societies have formed, developed, fought, and died for religion. Therefore,
it is unrealistic to assume that religion would not take center stage in a country’s
foreign agenda. The United State of America is no stranger to religion in politics.
Although there exist a proclamation of separation of church, and state, the American
agenda has always yielded to religious pressures. America’s first taste of
international affairs began with their Revolution, and America’s declaration as the
leading world power was cemented after World War 2. The American way is driven
by religion despite the social efforts to avoid the topic. Ronal Reagan knew this
better than any other American President. Often considered one of America’s
greatest political figures, Reagan embraced religion in all political aspects. Thus, the
Reagan Doctrine was established. The Reagan Doctrine was put forth to re-establish
the loss of American prestige throughout the global system. Reagan’s policy used
Christianity as a justification for the protection of the State. To Regan, the statement
of ‘One Nation Under God’ was the fundamental definition that defined the role of
America amongst the other global powers. Reagan’s push of the public’s agenda
defined a civil religion that has fashioned all reigning rhetoric of the United States,
and any defiance of the established rhetoric was met with steadfast opposition.
Throughout the Reagan Years, President Regan switched parties, d...
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...t the wider world regarding liberty, slavery, expansion, exceptionalism, and
how the United States should apply its newly won independent power abroad” (73,
Sword of the Spirit). Without religious motivation, there is no concept of foreign
policy. “Religion, deeply allied to the cause of independence, made the outbreak of
revolution more likely, helped steer its course, influenced its outcome, and
contributed to shaping the peace” (73, Sword). The defining moment of the
American foreign policy was due to the stance taken during World War II. The
defeat of the Nazi party established America as the international Sumer-Power, and
defined the significance of the American Foreign Policy on the rest of the world.
Motivation through religion allowed allies to defeat a Nazi party; whose agenda was
to rid the world of a particular race of individuals, Jews.
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