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Madison 1, Bush 0: Survey Testing Mr. Madison\u27s Hypotheses

By Daniel Gordon


For over fifty years, James Madison warned the American colonies and the new United States of America of the dangers of linking religion with government. Madison fought in his home state of Virginia to separate church and state and continued the fight as a congressman and as president. Between 2001 and 2009, President George W. Bush overtly linked religion with government. President Bush\u27s efforts provide the opportunity to test President Madison\u27s hypothesis that danger arises in American society when religion and government are linked. The Gallup Organization in its public opinion testing provides the means used in this Article to analyze whether James Madison was right or wrong. This Article reviews President Bush\u27s efforts through his Faith-based and Community Initiative to mix government and religion. Then, the Article develops President Madison\u27s very negative hypothesis about the destructive results of mixing religion with govemnment. The Article tests Madison\u27s hypothesis by utilizing two ongoing Gallup Organization opinion surveys. Finally, the Article discusses the risks to religion of continuing President Bush\u27s policies and programs

Topics: James Madison, Religion, government, church and state, separation of church and state, gallup, survey, poll, George W. Bush, President Bush, Bush, Office of Faith-based initiatives, Faith based, Faith-based, initiatives, Community, social problems, religious social services, Gordon, Law and Politics, President/Executive Department, Religion Law
Publisher: Digital Commons @ Touro Law Center
Year: 2012
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