Kareem U. Crayton: Religion Sets a Social Agenda

Kareem U. Crayton is associate professor of law at the University of North Carolina School of Law.

...Whereas economic issues tend to move a share of working-class voters toward more progressive or populist positions, social issues (some candidates commonly use the shorthand “guns, gays and God”) have a tendency to crowd out other campaign issues in Southern elections. The trend is especially strong in the South, which has a much higher rate of church attendance -- especially among protestant evangelicals -- than anywhere else in the country. And this trend has held true for decades....

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