Benedictions, invocations, sermons…the language of faith is central and seemingly inseparable from the peaceful transfer of power every four years in this country. But beyond how Americans of no faith are disaffected by this, the religious language is forced to reflect the political message of those being celebrated (just ask Pastor Louie Giglio). Looking at the challenges posed by religious language in secular ceremonies on the national stage is Religion Dispatches Magazine senior editor Sarah Posner, who has also written insightfully about the controversy around Pastor Louie Giglio.

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