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Making the Information Society: Experience, Consequences, and Possibilities by James W. Cortada

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Chapter 7. Information and Religion

 

Morality is necessary for the existence of republican government. Religion is necessary for morality. Therefore, religion is necessary for the continued existence of the republic.

 
 --ANGELIQUE DE TOCQUEVILLE, 1835

Check into any hotel in the United States and open the drawer of the nightstand and you will find a Bible, published by the Gideons and donated free to the hotel. For decades this has been a practice across the entire nation. In fact, one cannot imagine a hotel room fully furnished without that Bible. Why do we have this custom? The American nation places special emphasis on religious matters, with Bible societies constantly looking for ways to reinforce pious religious practices and convert the wayward. ...

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