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I was having a discussion with a friend today on the American political debate.

For me, as an outsider, it is very much my opinion that in recent decades the general level of politicising religion has increased dramatically, and when we look back, people such as Eisenhower and LBJ were essentially secular with respect to invoking religion in public. My friend, as an American, disagreed with this and said that the debate has always been as religious as it is today.

For a singular example of what I mean -- it is difficult these days to find people in the political sphere who in some way do not use extensive religious imagery in their speeches, e.g., "God save America" is more or less a traditional phrase to end a speech.

Hence, my question is from when has the American political debate been as religious as it is today?

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    people such as Eisenhower and LBJ were essentially 'atheist' with respect to speaking their mind in public about religion -> The term for this is secular. – user11249 Jun 25 '17 at 0:38
  • "when has the American political debate been as politicised as it is today" - Isn't the nature of politics to be politicised .... This is a bit like asking since when have chicken been made of meat... and why did we start considering chicken to be meat? – SleepingGod Jun 25 '17 at 0:39
  • @Carpetsmoker: Very true. That's what happens when you're tired. Edited – gktscrk Jun 25 '17 at 21:12
  • @SleepingGod: Yeah, thanks. That's another stupid error. Fixed again. – gktscrk Jun 25 '17 at 21:18
  • @Brythan: "Politicising religion" is what I meant. Thanks for the comments all. – gktscrk Jun 25 '17 at 21:18
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I think a quote from John Adams:

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

will serve as a great short answer.

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