God or Country? Debating Religion in Public Life

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One of the more salient features of American politics in the post-World War Ii era is the frequency with which religious beliefs and values have been voiced in the making of public policy. Religiously motivated activists have played key roles in political struggles over civil rights, foreign policy, welfare, abortion, feminism, and gay rights, to name but a few issues. The relevance of religious values to political debate has, of course, been a recurring feature of American politics, but the political articulation of religious values appears to have become more visible in the past two decades.


Abortion; Abortion--Religious aspects; Civil rights; Civil rights--Religious aspects; Feminism; Feminism--Religious aspects; Gay rights; Gay rights--Religious aspects; International relations; Public welfare; Public welfare--Religious aspects; Religion; Religion and politics; Values--Religious aspects


American Politics | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Political Science | Religion | Women's Studies


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