"At this moment, the country stands divided by class fissures and racial fault lines in the middle of a pandemic, and nevertheless nearly 100 million people cast ballots in the midst of 9 million coronavirus cases and 230,000 coronavirus fatalities. This is a testament to the intestinal fortitude of people all across the country," said Cornell William Brooks, Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership at HDS.
"I think 'Make America Great Again' is broader than just an evangelical attitude. But it is, in many ways, tailor-made for them—they hear that and they absolutely hear, 'We need to make America Christian, the way it used to be when it was run by White conservative Christians,'" says Lauren Kerby, Religious Literacy Specialist for Religion and Public Life at Harvard Divinity School.
“I am very, very, very worried about November,” said E.J. Dionne, Visiting Professor in Religion and Political Culture at Harvard Divinity School. “I don’t think we’re doing enough to get ready for Election Day.”
During a recent seminar, Jocelyne Cesari, T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding, argues that the foundational role of Hinduism in the building of the Indian secular nation-state can shed light on the current ultra nationalist policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
"For many people, the role of religion in politics is less about a set of prescriptions to which decisions can be confidently ascribed and more about a set of resources that individuals can choose to bring to bear on their decision-making process," writes Professor David Holland.
"Campaign ads that stoke fear about trans people in bathrooms pose a far greater threat to our lives than trans people pose to anyone with whom we share a public accommodation," writes MTS candidate Sam Ames.