Historically, many see the United States as a "Christian nation" founded on Christian principles by Christian men with Christian motives. Therefore, they will argue that this heritage should be continued in the U.S. today by allowing prayer in public schools, outlawing abortion, or giving religious organizations special privileges. However, a closer examination of American history reveals that although the United States was founded with many religious guidelines, America is not a specifically Christian nation. This having been said, it is important to recognize how religion has historically affected American society. A chief example of religion's impact is found in the landmark Supreme Court ruling of 1962 in the case of Engel vs. Vitale in which... [continues]
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