The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Religion - 336 pages

Not since the Civil War has the United States been so polarized, politically and ideologically. At the heart of this fracture is a fascinating, paradoxical marriage between our country's politics and religions.

In The Holy Vote, Ray Suarez explores the advent of this polarization and how it is profoundly changing the way we live our lives. With hands-on reporting, Suarez explores the attitudes and beliefs of the people behind the voting numbers and how the political divide is manifesting itself across the country. The reader will come to a greater understanding of what Americans believe, and how this belief structure fuels the debates that dominate the issues on our evening news broadcasts.


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Of the books reviewed here, this work by Suarez (senior correspondent,The News Hour with Jim Lehrer ) offers the most balanced account of the issues in question. This is a journalist's journey worthy ... Read full review

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Extremely well written and balanced. The writer shows the push and pull of the opposing parties regarding the Church v State debate. He does a great job of maintaining a relatively fair report and admits his own partiality in various cases when it does appear. There are things that either side of the argument will learn and may find themselves corrected of their prior assumptions and beliefs. 


chapter one Credo I Believe
chapter two How Did We Get Here?
chapter three Demolishing the Wall of Separation
chapter four Onward Christian Soldiers
chapter five To Have and to Hold
chapter six Take Two Tablets and Call Me
chapter seven Child Soldiers in the Culture War
chapter eight Now in the Center Ring
chapter nine From Al Smith to John Kerry
chapter ten Shifting Battle Lines and the
chapter eleven Render Unto Caesar
chapter twelve Okay Wise Guy Now What?

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Ray Suarez is a senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He came to the NewsHour from NPR's Talk of the Nation, and prior to that he spent seven years covering local, national, and international news for an NBC affiliate in Chicago.

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