The View From 1776
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Religion is the Essential Foundation of Just Government
Jeff Lukens explains.
A quotation from Alexis de Tocqueville’s 1833 Democracy in America emphasizes one of Mr. Lukens’s point made below:
On my arrival in the United States, the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more I perceived the great political consequences resulting from this new state of things. In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country…
In the United States religion exercises but little influence upon the laws and upon the details of public opinion; but it directs the customs of the community, and, by regulating domestic life, it regulates the state