12 February 2016

Ask the Question: Why We Must Demand Religious Clarity From Our Presidential Candidates by Stephen Mansfield

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The time for religious vagaries in politics is over.

For most of American history, the conventional wisdom has been that religion is too private a matter to ask a political candidate about. But in a political landscape in which we see Muslims, atheists, Mormons, Buddhists, and Christians of all stripes running for high office, we cannot afford to avoid religious questions. It is the right of American voters to know what their candidates believe since those beliefs shape policy and thus action.

In this rousing call to action, Stephen Mansfield shows readers:

· what religion can mean in a presidential race
· how the media, both left and right, get religion wrong
· the reasons the faith of candidates such as JFK, Mitt Romney, and Barack Obama caused issues with voters 
· why Hillary Clinton is among the most religious politicians on the American scene today
· how to ask the right questions to get honest answers
· what giving candidates a "religious pass" can cost the country
· how religion in American politics impacts America's role in the world
· and more

Frustrated and confused voters across the country and on both sides of the aisle will find here a balanced and essential guide to understanding the importance of religion in America's political system.

Ask the Question: Why We Must Demand Religious Clarity From Our Presidential Candidates is an important read, especially considering the current election season. Throughout this book, Stephen Mansfield explains in a compelling manner the importance of understanding the faith and religion that guide each candidate running for office and offers many examples to illustrate the impact religion can have in politics. It’s an interesting and engaging book with a thought-provoking relevance and challenge. I enjoyed it and recommend it.

Thanks to Baker Book Bloggers, I received a copy of Ask the Question and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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