Thomas Kennedy Conner – Author of ‘The First Godless President’

Thomas Kennedy Conner is the author of the Kindle e-book The First Godless President which argues that another century may have to elapse before the American people will elect an Atheist as their President, and this despite the fact they have elected a black man and may soon elect a woman. He maintains a keen focus on comparative Constitutional Law in the United Kingdom and the United States.

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the-first-godless-presidentAmerica is the most religious country in the English-speaking world and after India, China, and Indonesia has the largest number of believers. When asked “Do you believe in God”, 92% of Americans recently said “yes”. Two thirds of Americans say that religion plays an important part in their daily lives. When did we last see an American President end a major speech to the nation without concluding it with the words “God bless America”? Of the forty-four presidents Americans have elected since the War of Independence, not one was a declared non-believer. An extrapolation of recent poll evidence suggests that it may require another century to elapse before the American people will elect an Atheist as their President, although this suggestion may be attenuated if massive social change occurs in the twenty-first century such as occurred between 1955 and 1975. In the meantime, Thomas Kennedy Conner asks just how far Americans will go to keep a non-believer out of the White House. He explains why no British Prime Minister would dare end a major speech with the words “God bless the United Kingdom”, and why no American President would dare conclude one without the words “God bless America”. How has this strange paradox come about, when the United Kingdom has an established church and an official state religion, but the first amendment of the American Constitution permits neither of those things? This book also analyses the two leading cases in the battle over the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and the associated historical context

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