Teaching about religion in American politics to college students who come disproportionately from New England, I often feel that I'm talking about a foreign country. In Connecticut, and New England generally, we've pretty much decided to keep religion out of politics. If you want to know how this came about in a part of the country once famous for bitter conflict between Yankee Protestants and Irish Catholics, check out my recounting of the Tale of the Yale Athletic Fields over at Religion & Politics.
Kudos by the way to the on-line magazine for quickly establishing itself as a major contributor to the ongoing discussion of, well, religion in American politics. Its motto, "Fit for Polite Company," still bothers me, smacking as it does of a certain superciliousness towards all us impolite folks down in the fray. Still, as we've learned in the Nutmeg State, religion and politics can be a toxic mix, and if Religion & Politics seeks to domesticate it a bit via dispassionate analysis and historical contextualization, who are we to object?