chapter  8
18 Pages

Give Us Our Due

In the United States and around the world, religion and politics are a volatile mixture.Presidential candidates in the United States are vetted on their religious beliefs, and itcaused quite a stir in 2007 when Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative from Minnesota and also a Muslim, swore his oath of office on the Qu’ran rather than the traditional Bible. Even more uproar surrounded the 2008 presidential campaign, during which the religious beliefs of candidates and their pastors were explored in depth. Around the world, there are secular governments resisting the involvement of traditional religious authorities, religious sects fighting for control over government, and religious and secular groups sparring.