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How Will Religion Influence the 2012 Presidential Race?

Why is religion featuring so prominently in the Republican presidential race? What happened to jobs?

On her Sound Off segment on MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry argues that religion has been central to Republican party politics for more than a decade. After 9/11, faith became a central part of conservatives' electoral strategy as politicians tapped anti-Muslim anxiety to gain votes. But Harris-Perry reminds us that not all people of faith are conservative, and that religious voters could make issues of equality and social justice a major part of the 2012 election. 

Kevin Donohoe 

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