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Role of Religion in the 2012
Directions and Dangers for Faith and Politics
A study group led by IOP Fellow John Carr
This fall at the Harvard Institute of Politics is an ideal time and place to assess the always complex, often decisive and sometimes explosive links between religious faith and electoral politics. This Study Group will discuss the roles and impacts of religion in the 2012 campaign, including religious identities and appeals of candidates, faith-based efforts of campaigns and activities of religious groups.
John Carr, the IOP Fellow who leads this Study Group, has three decades of leadership at the intersection of faith and politics in the Catholic and interfaith communities. He has led the US Catholic bishops’ efforts on economic and social justice, global development and religious liberty and war and peace. He is an experienced legislative advocate, coalition builder and teacher on the responsibilities and limitations of religious groups in public life. Carr has unique knowledge and long experience on the often crucial, and sometimes dangerous, mix of religion and politics in the United States.
The 2012 campaign is full of religious themes, strategies and implications. The religious content and impacts of the 2012 campaign are likely to be crucial in electoral outcomes … and will have lasting implications for both American politics and religious life.