Sunday, November 21, 2021

Spiritual Quote of the Day (William Galston, on Religion and the ‘Heat-to-Light Ratio in Politics’)

“It is disconcerting that so many Republicans consider those who aren’t Christians to be less than fully American. But 35% of Democrats—most of them racial and ethnic minorities—feel the same way. While the Constitution imposes no religious test for citizenship and bars it for public office, American society does impose an informal if often tacit test for full membership in the community. Closing the gap between the American civic creed and public social attitudes might lower the heat-to-light ratio in politics.”—William Galston, “Alienated Republicans, Moderate Democrats,” The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 3, 2021

The accompanying photo of William Galston was taken Jan. 8, 2012, at a Civics Ed panel at the Brookings Institution by Medill DC.

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