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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on June 7, 2008, in response to the Camera’s question: Last week, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama quit his church, the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, after a string of controversies. Religious figures have played a big role in this year’s race for the presidency; those figures include the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Rev. Michael Pfleger and Rev. John Hagee. What role do you think religion should play in the race for the U.S. presidency?

No matter what anyone thinks should happen, Americans will continue to mix religion with politics whether they identify more with the religious left or the religious right. According to the most recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life, 85 percent of Americans are religious. These beliefs do and will play a role in our selection for the next U.S. president. Mixing religion and politics is part of the landscape in a run for the U.S. presidency.

If you look back on this presidential campaign when former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney were still in the race, religion played a big role. The born-again Christians didn’t seem to think Romney was their guy because they falsely thought he wasn’t Christian or had other unfavorable views of his Mormon faith.

Religion still plays a role as Obama quit his church, the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. He first defended his minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, after Wright made racist and other terrible comments and Rev. Michael Pfleger added damage to Obama’s bid for the presidency with his disparaging portrayal of Hillary Clinton.

Source: Daily Camera

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