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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Religion and the 2012 Presidential Primaries

Event Recap

To discuss the hotly contested 2012 Republican presidential primaries, the Boisi Center invited Harvard historian Jill Lepore and writer Rebecca Traister to talk with Alan Wolfe at an April 12 panel. Their wide-ranging conversation pondered the impact of what Lepore called “the politics of righteousness,” mused upon the political impact of Mitt Romney’s Mormonism and Rick Santorum’s Catholicism, and predicted that the general electon is likely to serve as a national referendum on the principle that government cannot be trusted to act effectively on behalf of its citizens.