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The First Amendment's Establishment Clause is a limitation on government, not individual motivation. Accordingly, religion has driven much of American political history. But there is a caveat: as Tocqueville warned, any alliance between religion and a political party is bound to hurt religion.
Jack Pitney is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College. He has served on the CMC faculty for 34 years. His most recent book is titled: Un-American: The Fake Patriotism of Donald J. Trump.