A visiting Martian might be forgiven for thinking that Americans care
more about the religion of prospective presidential candidates than they
do about the economy, the environment, health care, or even space
travel. And, according to a recent poll, a growing number of Americans
would likely agree. Last week a Pew Research Center survey reported that
almost two-fifths of the public says the candidates talk too much about their faith.
Are the candidates at fault for this surfeit of religiosity, or is the problem with the news media, which seems eager to tout Santorum’s religious “war on women,” Romney’s “un-Christian” Christianity, Gingrich’s “born-again” Catholicism, and Obama’s alleged Muslim heritage?
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