The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America

A public lecture by Ray Suarez, The NewsHour.

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Graham Chapel Washington University in St. Louis

One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

Not since the Civil War has the United States been so polarized – politically and ideologically.  At the very heart of this fracture is a fascinating marriage between our country’s politics and religion.

In his book of the same name, author Ray Suarez examined the way Americans worship and how organized religion and politics intersect in America, revealing how this powerful collision is transforming the current and future American mindset.

Ray Suarez, with more than 30 years of varied experience in the news business, joined The NewsHour in 1999 as a Washington-based senior correspondent.  He was host of Talk of the Nation at NPR, and covered local, national, and international stories for the NBC-owned station, WMAQ-TV in Chicago prior to his current role at The NewsHour.  In addition to The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America, Mr. Suarez authored The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration and has contributed to other books including How I Learned EnglishBrooklyn: A State of Mind, Saving America’s Treasures, and About Men.

This event was co-sponsored by the Murray Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy; and the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics.

A reception and book signing followed the event.


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