Electing the faithful
Electing the faithfulIs the US election a faith-based race?
This year’s presidential tickets have a religious makeup rarely seen in US politics: none of the candidates identify as Protestant, and each ticket has a Catholic vice presidential candidate. Yet statistics show that many Americans have limited knowledge about the faiths of President Obama and Governor Romney. For the first time, a majority of Americans say the candidates’ religious beliefs are different from their own. Opinion polls found large numbers of Americans continue to think Obama is secretly a Muslim and reject the idea that Romney's Mormon faith is part of Christianity. The United States is a majority Christian nation, but how important is Christianity to winning the 2012 election?
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Rob Boston from Americans United for Separation of Church and State (@americansunited) and Michael Cromartie from the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Members of the Stream community also join via Google+.
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