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Religion and the American Experience


Religion plays a major—sometimes leading—role in American public life.  Despite the Constitutional prohibition on religious tests for seekers of public office, it is a rare candidate for the Presidency or, in many cases, Congress who does not have to answer questions relating to faith or religion.  CSPC has explored the influence of religion on U.S. public policy and the broader society through several initiatives.  It has also tracked policy and legal developments related to religion as well as indicators of religious extremism.

In partnership with Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal parish in New York City, CSPC maintains the on-going Trinity Roundtable series. Events are hosted in New York City and Washington, DC, and serve as a forum for leaders in government, business and non-profit sectors to discuss critical issues of the day through the lens of values, ethics, and morality.

Also, beginning in 2009, the Center has been working with Trustee Francis Rooney (Ambassador to the Holy See 2005-2008) to examine the diplomatic interplay between religion and politics in U.S.-Vatican relations, with the product being a forthcoming book by Francis Rooney that explores America’s role as a promoter and defender of values-driven diplomacy. Research includes analysis of the influence of religious considerations in both American and global politics. 

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