Religion and politics

A majority of Americans believe religion should be involved in society but not in politics. This hour, we discuss the intersection between religion and politics.

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A worshipper wears an "In God We Trust" wristband before evangelist The Rev. Franklin Graham speaks at the Decision America event at the Pitt County Fairgrounds in Greenville, N.C. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)

Guests: Anthea Butler, Michele Margolis

Religion is having a smaller influence over public life, according to a recent Pew survey. A majority of respondents say this is the wrong direction for the country. At the same time, people reported that religious institutions were too involved in politics. This hour, we explore religion in America and the intersection with politics. We’ll talk about how the two are intertwined despite the country’s laws and principles separating the them and look at how religion is playing out in presidential politics and the 2020 election.  Joining us are two University of Pennsylvania professors, ANTHEA BUTLER, professor of religion, and MICHELE MARGOLIS, professor of political science.

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