Religious fervour is migrating into politics
Is religion shaping modern-day America? "Some have hailed the displacement of religious fervour into the secular realm as proof of the 'God-shaped hole'. This is a conviction, attributed to Blaise Pascal, a French polymath of the mid-17th century, that the religious impulse can never be quelled. Human history suggests he was on to something. But it also suggests outbursts of religiosity owe as much to their cultural, especially institutional, context as metaphysics. The contrasting ways in which Republicans and Democrats are practising the new religious-style politics underlines the truth of that."
From The Economist