In my “Unsettling America” class we recently discussed Democracy and Religion, and I think it is pertinent here after the “Democracy” section by Fred Moten in Keywords. While Moten touches more on what constitutes a democracy, and the Democrats from a political party aspect, religion is still relevant to democracy.
Religion and democracy relate as religion facilitates the cultivation of liberty and democracy in America. In a democracy, to an extent courtesy of religion, all are considered equal. Religions effect everyone being equal, as all should be deemed equal, especially according to Alexis de Tocqueville.
Without religion, people may be immoral and have minimal incentive to adhere to laws. People follow rules through the guidance of religion. Without this religion, people essentially could “run wild,” without regards to anyone or anything. Religion had an effect on laws, especially regarding civil rights and religion. To call the Civil Rights Movement a religious revival would be an injustice, as the movement was too big to have any one label on it. But, to say it had nothing to do with religion, would be naive. All people, no matter there race, ethnicity, or creed are created equally, and the Civil Rights Movement tried to establish just that.
Liberty and democracy are about freedom and free-thought. Religion promotes both of these, even if, for the free-thought, that it was likely first conceived through notions and concepts of religion. One would be remiss to not mention just how intertwined Religion and democracy truly are.