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Faith, Politics, and PowerThe Politics of Faith-Based Initiatives$
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Rebecca Sager

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195391763

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391763.001.0001

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Calling All the Faithful

Calling All the Faithful

Faith‐Based Conferences and Liaison Choices as Symbolic Politics

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Faith, Politics, and Power

Rebecca Sager (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

State faith‐based conferences are a way for state organizations and FBOs in that state to connect. However, they also serve another purpose — states have used conferences as political rallying grounds around the initiative, particularly as a way to connect with the black church community. Faith‐based conferences sponsored by federal and state governments look much like state‐sponsored religious political events, akin in cultural tone and style to events held at black churches. This chapter explores the relationships among race, religion, and politics and discusses the faith‐based initiative at the state level. While African‐Americans make up only 12 percent of the overall population in the United States, almost half of state liaisons were African‐American. State implementation thus appears to be at least partially designed to fulfil the political goal of shifting the black vote away from the Democratic Party and to the Republican Party.

Keywords:   faith‐based conferences, black church, republican, democrat, religious events, culture, liaisons, political tools

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