Presidential Contenders Scramble To Get God Right

Inside the First Amendment

By Charles C. Haynes First Amendment Center senior scholar

When it comes to the desired degree of religiosity in presidential candidates, most voters are like Goldilocks tasting bowls of porridge: Not too hot, not too cold, but just right.

Of course, what is “just right” in one political cycle may not be in another. Current conventional wisdom holds that many voters want a heavy dose of God-talk. Following the electoral successes of George W. Bush . . .

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