Religious Worship as Political Action
Chapter 4. Religious Worship as Political Messaging
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RELIGIOUS WORSHIP AS POLITICAL MESSAGING
During the hot summer of the 2008 presidential campaign, the first joint appearance between the two presidential nominees—Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama—occurred not at the request of a journalist or politician but at the urging of a preacher. As the New York Times put it:
It has taken a man of God, perhaps, to do what nobody else has been able to do since the general election season began: Get Barack Obama and John McCain together on the same stage before their party conventions later this summer.1
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