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“I have sometimes asked Americans whom I chanced to meet in their own country or in Europe whether in their opinion religion contributes to the stability of the State and the maintenance of law and order. They always answered, without a moment’s hesitation, that a civilized community, especially one that enjoys the benefit of freedom, cannot exist without religion. In fact, an American sees in religion the surest guarantee of the stability of the State and the safety of individuals. This much is evident even to those least versed in political science. Yet there is no country in the world in which the boldest political theories of the eighteenth-century philosophers are put so effectively into practice as in America. Only [the philosophers] anti-religious doctrines have never made any headway in [America], and this despite the unlimited freedom of the press.”

Alexis de Tocqueville, The Old Regime and the French Revolution

Quoted in God and the American Writer by Alfred Kazin

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