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Religion and Politics -      Fit For Polite Company

A Project of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics 

Religion & Politics is an online news journal, dedicated to the two topics thought unfit for polite company. It is a project of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University in St. Louis.

Why Religion Rules American Politics

Religion is important for American politics because religion is important for Americans.1 Yet, there are factors in American political life that amplify the role of religion in a way that is not seen in other developed countries.

For a developed country, the U.S. is extraordinarily high on religion. Thus 65 percent of Americans say that religion is important in their daily lives compared to just 17 percent of Swedes, 19 percent of Danes, and 24 percent of Japanese.2

Religion and U.S. Politics

NUMBERS, FACTS AND TRENDS SHAPING YOUR WORLD

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions.

Religion and World Politics


Religious beliefs play a pivotal role in shaping international policies and events.

The Council's mission is to stimulate debate on the place of religion in public life, through a close examination of the rights and wrongs of harnessing the moral authority of religion for political purposes.

Our work examines cultural and religious values as sources of conflict or cooperation across societies and nations.

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‘Rogue One’-Inspired Trump Resistance Massacres The Politics Of Religion

The feel-good religion of the Light Side apparently consists in little more than muddleheaded platitudes about hope and change.

Usually, Hollywood writers leave their intellectual influences implicit in the script: “follow your dreams,” “be true to yourself,” “question authority,” “don’t conform,” and a million other clichés. You know the ideology: it’s present in just about every ...

How Betsy DeVos Used God and Amway to Take Over Michigan Politics

With her nomination as education secretary, a powerful political clan will bring its overtly Christian agenda to Washington.

On election night 2006, Dick DeVos, the bronzed, starched 51-year-old scion of Michigan’s wealthiest family, paced to a lectern in the dim ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in Lansing to deliver the speech that every candidate dreads.

The Michigan gubernatorial race that year had been a dogfight of personal attacks between DeVos, the Republican nominee, and Democratic ...

Donald Trump and Militant Evangelical Masculinity

Trump, after all, is a man who boasted of his “manhood” on national television, who incited violence at his rallies, and bragged of assaulting women.

Yes, there were Supreme Court appointments and fears about religious freedom to consider, and a longstanding alliance with the Republican Party to contend with. But even so, how could the self-professed “Moral Majority” embrace a candidate who seemed to flaunt his own cruelty?

McConnell: We don’t have religious tests in this country

Several top Senate Republicans raised concerns Sunday that President Trump’s order to halt the admission of refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries had not been properly vetted.

The senators generally said they support the decision to increase standards for vetting refugees and other people traveling to the United States, but their remarks added to the growing chorus of criticism of Trump’s order.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ...

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Where Christian Leaders Stand on Trump's Refugee Policy

Many religious groups have urged the president not to give Christians priority in seeking asylum, but some conservative political organizations back his new ban on refugees.

President Trump has signed an executive order that temporarily suspends the U.S. refugee program and bars Syrian refugees. It will likely suspend immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries and bars the admission of anyone ...

An Airport Protest in Support of Religious Freedom

Fury over the Trump administration’s immigrant ban found purpose after travelers from abroad were detained at U.S. airports.

It was already shaping up to be a strange day when New York Representatives Jarrold Nadler and Nydia Velázquez arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport shortly after 11 on Saturday morning with no plans ...

Open doors, slamming gates: The tumultuous politics of U.S. immigration policy

Immigration policy has changed from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s to Ronald Reagan’s and now to President Trump’s.

In his farewell address to the nation in 1989, President Ronald Reagan told the story of a Navy sailor patrolling the South China Sea who came upon a “leaky little boat” crammed with refugees from Indochina trying to find a way to America.

Raddatz Grills Spicer: Why Are Christian Refugees More Worthy Than Muslim Refugees?

WH press secretary Sean Spicer debates ABC's Martha Raddatz about Trump's actions in his first week in office. 

MARTHA RADDATZ, 'THIS WEEK': OK. The executive order also stipulates that after the refugee program is reinstated in 120 days, the government will prioritize religious minorities persecuted in their country. How will you determine what religion people are? How do you vet them?