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Denis Lacorne

Blog Entries by Denis Lacorne

Breaking Down the Wall of Separation from JFK to Santorum and Romney

(35) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 9:56 AM

At a time when former Senator Rick Santorum, a conservative Catholic from Pennsylvania, doesn't hesitate to suggest that a Protestant president has adopted a "phony theology," one not really "based on the Bible," it is worth reexamining the relation between religion and politics. This relation has been radically transformed since...

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Republican Misreading of the Declaration of Independence

(103) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 9:03 AM

Asked by Suzanne Bass, an attorney in Jacksonville, Florida, "How would your religious beliefs, if you're elected, impact the decisions that you make in the office of the presidency ?" two presidential candidates, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum offered strange, faulty readings of the Declaration of Independence, which do not...

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Rick Perry's War on the Founding Fathers

(36) Comments | Posted December 11, 2011 | 7:11 AM

In December 2011, Governor Rick Perry ran a TV advertisement in Iowa that said: "As president, I'll end Obama's war on religion. And I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage." In doing so, Rick Perry is in fact declaring war on the very political foundation of the United...

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Secularists or Christian? The Religious Lives of American Political Candidates in the Public Sphere

(4) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 12:14 PM

In my book, "Religion in America. A Political History" (Columbia University Press, 2011, translated by George Holoch with a foreword by Tony Judt), I attempt to explain the coexistence of two opposed political trends: a religious tradition that invites US politicians to talk openly about their faith and...

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