Religion and Presidential Politics
Session III: The Religion Gap
About This Event
One of the newest voting “gaps” in American politics is based on frequency of church attendance. Voters who attend church once a month or more usually vote Republican; less than once a month or never, usually Democratic. The media tend to link religion to the religious right but much less frequently examine the quasi-religious worldview called secularism and its relatively recent influence among Democrats.

AEI’s Karlyn H. Bowman will join Michael Novak as moderator of this small, invitation-only luncheon for a dozen select overseas journalists.
12:15 p.m.
Michael Novak, AEI
Karlyn H. Bowman, AEI
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  • Karlyn Bowman compiles and analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects, including the economy, taxes, the state of workers in America, environment and global warming, attitudes about homosexuality and gay marriage, NAFTA and free trade, the war in Iraq, and women's attitudes. In addition, Ms. Bowman has studied and spoken about the evolution of American politics because of key demographic and geographic changes. She has often lectured on the role of think tanks in the United States and writes a weekly column for
  • Phone: 2028625910
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    Name: Andrew Rugg
    Phone: 2028625917


  • Michael Novak, a philosopher, theologian, and author, is the 1994 recipient of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. He has been an emissary to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. He has written twenty-seven books on the philosophy and theology of culture, especially the essential elements of a free society. His latest book is No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers (Doubleday, 2008).
  • Phone: 2028625838
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