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Faith in the 2008 Election Faith in the 2008 Election
Religion played a significant role in the 2008 presidential campaign. Barack Obama, John McCain, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, and the participants in both the Democratic and...
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The United States is a secular democracy with a culture rooted in its majority Christian tradition. Religious dissidents from Europe, particularly Puritans from England,...

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Barack Obama on the "God Gap" at Call to Renewal Conference

June 28, 2006
Indeed, the single biggest "gap" in party affiliation among white Americans today is [...] between those who attend church regularly and those who don't. Conservative leaders have been all too happy to exploit this gap, consistently reminding evangelical Christians that Democrats disrespect their values and dislike their Church [...]. Democrats [...] have taken the bait. At best, we may try to avoid the conversation about religious values altogether [...]. At worst, there are some liberals who dismiss religion in the public square as inherently irrational or intolerant, insisting on a caricature of religious Americans that paints them as fanatical, or thinking that the very word "Christian" describes one's political opponents, not people of faith. [...W]e make a mistake when we fail to acknowledge the power of faith in people's lives [...] and I think it's time that we join a serious debate about how to reconcile faith with our modern, pluralistic democracy.
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Barack Obama became the forty-fourth president of the United States in January 2009, the first African-American to hold the office. He was re-elected to the presidency in November 2012. After graduating from Columbia University and Harvard Law...