"In 1992, Patrick Buchanan ignited a firestorm of controversy when he exhorted the crowd at the Republican National Convention to join him in a holy war-a war of Christian values and a battle for the soul of America.' Critics of Buchanan's speech and other similar attempts to inject religion into politics raised questions of political morality: When, if ever, is it appropriate for a citizen in a liberal democracy to invoke the judgment of God in support of specific policy initiatives? Does such rhetoric threaten to polarize and divide the body politic along sectarian lines? Does it threaten to undermine the mutual deliberation, without which democracy cannot survive? [..]"
Kurt T. Lash, Foreword: Voluntary Restraint and the Wormhole Effect, 29 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 1401 (1996).