Ounders Vision of the Role of Religion in our Democratic Republic?

Compose a 1,250-1,400-word thesis/essay on this topic:

According to the First Amendment to the Constitution, a?Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereofa?. Is our present-day notion of the a?separation of church and statea? at odds with the Foundersa vision of the role of religion in our democratic republic? Why or why not? If so, do modern conditions demand this separation and is this separation an improvement? Why or Why not? Several of the readings for this week argue that religion is necessary to morality. Do you agree or disagree and why?

Important: Each of your required readings below MUST be referenced on your reference page in addition to at least one in-text citation supporting / defending your position or argument. Note you are encouraged to reference other articles and material that you may find to defend your position or support your ideas.

*I have attached a .pdf copy of the assignment, which has active links.*

Required Readings:

Novak: a?Faith and the American Foundinga?
o heartland_migration/files/pdfs/20657.pdf

Washington: from a?Farewell Addressa?
o research/reports/2007/12/the-meaning-of-religious-liberty

Dreiscach: a?The Mythical a?Wall of Separationaa?
o the-mythical-wall-of-separation-how-a-misused-metaphor-changed-church-state-law-policy-and-discourse

Silverman: a? American Religion Undermines American Valuesa?
o 07/oxford-union-debate/

Tocqueville: from Democracy in America, Chapter V, How Religion in the United State Avails Itself of Democratic Tendenciesa?
o infidels.org/library/modern/travis_denneson/antichrist.html