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Life & Faith: US Politics and Religion

In the USA, separation of church and state does not mean separation of religion and politics.

In the USA, separation of church and state does not mean separation of religion and politics.

Almost all past US presidents have been openly religious, and close to half of them belong to the nation’s major Protestant denominations.

“It’s always better to be something than nothing,” Dr David Smith says when it comes to presidential candidates expressing their faith.

In this episode, Dr Smith explores the influence of religion in the 2016 Presidential primaries and beyond, and unpacks the complex relationship between faith and politics in the US.

Dr David Smith is a Senior Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy at the University of Sydney’s US Studies Centre.

More info about the US Studies Centre: www.ussc.edu.au

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