The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America

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Harper Collins, Aug 29, 2006 - Political Science - 326 pages
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The Holy Vote examines the way Americans worship, how organized religion and politics intersect in America, and how this powerful collision is transforming the current and future American mind-set

Not since the Civil War has the United States been sopolarized—politically and ideologically. But at the very heart of this fracture is a fascinating rig and paradoxical marriage between our country’s politics and religions.

Over the past several election cycles, the differences between so-called "Red America"—conservative, church-affiliated, suburban, and rural—and "Blue America"—urban, secular, and socially liberal—have hardened. Although on most days, these two big American mainstreams move on parallel tracks, they increasingly find themselves head to head, ready to fight at the slightest offense. They react to new stories in different ways. They react to government power in different ways. They certainly vote in different ways.

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

 

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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

Contents

chapter one Credo I Believe
1
chapter two How Did We Get Here?
17
chapter three Demolishing the Wall of Separation
43
chapter four Onward Christian Soldiers
67
chapter five To Have and to Hold
91
chapter six Take Two Tablets and Call Me
111
chapter seven Child Soldiers in the Culture War
129
chapter eight Now in the Center Ring
163
chapter nine From Al Smith to John Kerry
185
chapter ten Shifting Battle Lines and the
217
chapter eleven Render Unto Caesar
237
chapter twelve Okay Wise Guy Now What?
261
acknowledgments
311
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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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