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Closing the God gap

By Mary Fitzgerald  

Republicans no longer hold an ironclad grip on America’s powerful evangelical vote. God’s faithful are becoming more concerned about issues like global warming and poverty in these uncertain times—and Democrats are reaching out to them. Obama’s religious language is now matched by an increasingly sophisticated and well-funded campaign geared towards religious voters. But will it pay electoral dividends? And if so, would this mean a secular shift in US politics, or the reverse? James Crabtree reports from the new frontier of the pious—Rick Warren’s megachurch in Orange County.

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