“Despite or perhaps even because of, the prohibition of an officially established church in the United States, religion has always been a factor in American politics,” writes Dr. Dennis J. Goldford, who joins us this week, at the beginning of his new book: The Constitution of Religious Freedom: God, Politics, and the First Amendment. Goldford, a politics professor at Drake University in Iowa, talks to Welton about the different impacts of personal expressions of faith and organized religion on our politics as well as today’s de facto religious test that inevitably creeps into and influences our elections.

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