Muqtedar Khan and Cheryl Sanders —
The Other Religious America in Election 2004

In this show, we speak with an African American Christian and an American Muslim and explore the perspectives of two religious communities which defy the broad stereotypes of this election year. We'll seek to gain a deeper understanding of the way in which they are thinking through the mix of religious ideas that have come to the forefront of this campaign. These religious people see complex choices between competing religious ideals, and they are making their decisions in ways that challenge the intuition of pollsters and pundits.

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is director of International Studies and chair of of the Political Science Department at Adrian College, and a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C..

Cheryl Sanders

is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at the Howard University School of Divinity, and Associate Pastor at the Third Street Church of God in Washington D.C..

Selected Readings

The Role of Religion in Electoral Politics

by Christian minister Cheryl J. Sanders

Protecting Religion from Politics

by Jewish thinker Susannah Heschel

The Myth of Secularism

by Muslim political scientist Muqtedar Khan

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African-American worshipers sit during services at New Macedonia Baptist Church October 31, 2004 in Riviera Beach, Florida. The church bused voters to an early polling location after services because there are no early polling places in their neighborhood. Most of the voters left the polling location on the buses without voting due to four-hour lines.

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