Trying to understand religion and politics in the USA? #dmingml

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The Social Science Research Council, might not have the most attention grabbing name, but they have a wealth of thoughtful and useful research that anyone studying culture and religion has to take a look at.  And anyone just interested in religion and any aspect of life should take a look at it.  

The Immanent Frame [http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/] as part of the SSRC is a collective blog publishing interdisciplinary perspectives on secularism, religion, and the public sphere, and a production of the Social Science Research Council.
For example try the blog post below on the site, that brings several well known people to comment on the role of religion in contemporary american politics.

And for anyone not in the US, given how different the US is to the rest of the world, and it's huge influence on the rest of us, this article and comment is well worth a read.

I was especially drawn to the comment by Jeffrey Stout, Professor of Religion, at Princeton University.

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Off the cuff: Religion and the midterm elections
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http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2010/11/05/religion-and-the-midterm-elections/

Set against a backdrop of continued economic distress, the emerging Tea Party movement, and mercurial public opinion of President Obama, many observers correctly predicted that this month's election would effect a reconfiguration of partisan power in Congress and among the governorships.

What role did religious discourse—both civil and uncivil—play in the public conversations leading up to the election, and what light does this shed on the ways that religion is currently shaping contemporary political culture in the U.S.?

Read responses from: Richard Amesbury, Jason Bivins, J. Kameron Carter, Ernesto Cortes, Jr., John L. Jackson, Jr., David Kyuman Kim, John Schmalzbauer, Jeffrey Stout, and Emilie Townes.

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