The Religious Lives of Political Leaders

Article VI of the US Constitution proscribes a religious test for holding any public office, but the realities of campaigning suggest there may be a de facto religious test in American politics. Is this appropriate? How does a candidate's personal faith affect his or her political views? How do politicians navigate conflicts between their religious beliefs and the demands of office? Should religious morality influence views on social policy? E.J. Dionne, Ross Douthat, and Damon Linker discussed the role of religion in the personal and public lives of our political leaders.

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