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The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America Hardcover – August 29, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Rayo; First Edition edition (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060829974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060829971
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,652,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suarez made his name hosting NPR's Talk of the Nation by seeing to it that issues were genuinely discussed, not buzz-worded and shouted to death. This book reflects his radio style in that the copious quotation of interviewees includes the loose grammar and vague references of speech, requiring much immediate rereading to figure out exactly what is meant. That said, it's darn good colloquy about the Religious Right, separation of church and state, and old and new issues including Christian prayer by military chaplains, gay marriage, display of the Ten Commandments, sex education and evolution in public schools, abortion, Catholic participation in politics, and the impact of growing minorities who are generally more religious than the waning white mainstream. The penultimate chapter homes in on attempts in Alabama to make the state more theocratic, and the last implicatively suggests that most Americans like quite strict church-state separation. Suarez invariably presents articulate spokespersons on both (or more) sides of the issues, and if they evade some of his questions, doesn't lambaste them for it. Ray Olson
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Ray Suarez is a senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He came to the NewsHour from NPR's Talk of the Nation, and prior to that he spent seven years covering local, national, and international news for an NBC affiliate in Chicago.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Phillip L. Hoover on October 9, 2006
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My pastor is one of the wisest, smartest, and best-read people that I know. But I was pretty sure he had a copy of THE HOLY VOTE---and he didn't, so I gave him mine.

I finished reading the entire volume in about two days!

I've been a fan of Ray Suarez for a long time (devout NEWSHOUR guy here), and I have found him to be balanced, fair, and thorough.

His book is the very same. He addresses most of the hot buttons in today's society, and in today's church. I was particularly impressed with the introduction he made to his work, and with the quoting of Romans 12 at the beginning.

I would only hope that every "thinking Christian" takes a good read of this important work.

Suarez reminds us that regardless of how "thin" the issue may be, it always has at least two sides.

Terrific book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 22, 2006
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Four VERY IMPORTANT Stars!! Written by Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer", this fact-laden, opinion-driven book investigates the juxtaposition and intersections of religion and politics in America. Mr Suarez states he wants "to alternately infuriate and intrigue you". And so he does! In many ways, it's a series of topical essays which are energized by years of interviews and many quotes. In fact, it is as much a brief history lesson as a survey of religion and politics, revealing many finer details of our historical background and the personages that have populated our history. If you missed the importance of religion to politics or believe it doesn't exist, this book will drive home the point from Mr Suarez' point of view. Indeed, some religious blocks are claiming more and more that they are determining the outcomes of elections from the local level to the White House. This book is not a demographic-driven study of the voting habits of the religious in America with charts and graphs showing the past votes and future trends from sea to shining sea. Perhaps in this form it's ultimately more conversational and readable.

He states that some claim the origins of the moral decline in our country can be traced to the Supreme Court decisions dealing with limiting school prayer. He, however, sees the country as having grown into one that is more religious and religiously diverse. Even so, the author feels many of the bedrock ideals of our past that may have been taken for granted are now the subject of open conflict and negotiation.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wood Worker on January 4, 2007
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When religion is explicitly used in crafting public policy, we become divided into those who hold such beliefs, and those who do not.

However, general moral principals can give us a framework for a debate. They should not be asked to give an exact answer. A common set of moral principals, faith based for some people, not so for others, can allow us to make laws that presume from the beginning to be for us all.

Mr. Suarez's book reaches this place to have the public policy conversations by wading through every area of the culture wars in the news - separation of church and state, abortion, gay marriage, and public school issues -reviewing instances, interviewing people of every imaginable point of view. His tone is conversational and sincere; his perspective is respectful and clear-eyed.

I found The Holy Vote to be very much a help in understanding the present political discussions in our country - or lack there of - and my own reactions to them, and to re-forming my own opinions
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vivian M. Jackson on November 9, 2006
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Excellent explanation of what drives people of extreme faith to do what they do in America to influence others. Ray Swuarez is a gifted writer who knows how to lay it all on the line. I learned so much from reading this book, and highly recommendd it to others who want to become knowledgeable on this subject.
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