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In Religion, Diversity Is Our Strength?



An interesting article by Mark Oppenheimer over at The New Republic discusses the remarkable religious mobility of U.S. politicians: He points to Obama and Gingrich, both of whom have had religious conversions as adults, and many other prominent Americans who have switched religious affiliations. I think this is a sign of America’s great open-mindedness; something we ought to celebrate, especially at a time when angry religious tribalism is on the rise in many parts of the globe.

(NB. Oppenheimer can’t resist the incisive — and accurate — closing line that brings the issue back to the current news cycle: “Romney is known for changing his mind, but he has had two fewer wives, and two fewer religions, than Newt Gingrich. So who’s the flip-flopper?”)


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