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Religion and Elections in America (Special Folder)

Religion in America Series
Part One
By Back to Religion Editor
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As the entire country is busy with the news of the presidential election, Back to Religion page presents this collective folder that sheds the light on the religious discourse in America.

In this first part of the folder, we feature diverse topics related to the religious context in the American society and the upcoming elections. This will be followed by “American Muslims and Religious Liberty” and “Controversial Issues” parts.

 

On the Elections:

With the Republicans making big gains in the recently concluded US midterm elections, the factor of religion has proved to be a strength to reckon with, with the results showing the strong effect of the religious voters in reshaping the political map. [Read more]

 

 


 

Islam has become an important part of American discourse leading up to the 2012 federal elections and candidates everywhere appear eager to take a position on Islam for political gain.

Across the country, rising Islamophobia has made it difficult for some Muslims to build mosques and practice their faith, although their right to do so is enshrined in the First Amendment of the US Constitution. [Read more]

 


 

 

Two-thirds of Americans believe it is important for a presidential candidate to have strong religious beliefs, even if those beliefs are different than their own, a survey released on last Tuesday found.

The survey of Americans' attitudes by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute found only one in five Americans would object to a candidate whose beliefs were different to their own. [Read more]

 

 


 

Mormon leaders are unlikely to be involved in the campaign of their fellow believer U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney compared to the activist role they played in fighting a gay marriage initiative, according to political scientist David Campbell of the University of Notre Dame.

At a conference on Mormonism and American politics at Columbia University in New York on February 3rd and 4th, Campbell said that Mormons will likely promote Romney in an unofficial manner through networks among families and fellow believers. [Read more]

 

 


 

In an e-mail sent by Obama for America campaign, the US president Barack Obama states the following message to his supporters illustrating his stand on same-sex marriage.

Yesterday, in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC, president Obama announced that he believes same-sex couples should be allowed to marry in America. [Read more]

 

 


 

It’s hard to watch the 2012 elections and not think that political and religious lines are cutting ever deeper into America. A pair of former allies, Republicans and Muslim Americans, whose relations have become beset with stereotypes and a lack of trust and communication, are a prime example.

The Republican Party is typecast as hopelessly Islamophobic, and Muslims as a Fifth Column. Thus, we’re left to believe, the relationship suffers from irreconcilable differences.[Read more]

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