How influential is religion in American politics?

I want it to be as easy as possible, don\’t use difficult phrases or words,
the essay needs to be 700 words, excluding the references %10 above or below.
I\’m not sure how many references should be included, but you should know. put as much as you feel enough.
Do not use any BOOKS, only online sources and online articles please.

If it is possible, it would be sooooo helpful if you use most of the references from that list

Basic, required reading:
S. Bruce (2003) Religion, chapter 22 in Singh (ed) Governing America, The Politics of a
Divided Democracy, pp 410-427
Recommended reading:
* D. Campbell & R. Putnam (2012) God and Caesar in America: Why Mixing Religion and
Politics is Bad for Both, Foreign Affairs, 91
* J. A. Morone (2009) Jefferson\’s Rickety Wall: Sacred and Secular in American Politics
Social Research, 76 (4)
* H. Heclo (2007) Is America a Christian Nation?, Political Science Quarterly, 122 (1), pp
* J. A. Shields (2007) Between Passion and Deliberation: The Christian Right and
Democratic Ideals Political Science Quarterly, 122 (1), pp 89-113
* B. M. Clifton (2004) Romancing the GOP: Assessing the Strategies Used by the Christian
Coalition to Influence the Republican Party, Party Politics, 10 (5), pp 475-498
* F. Lambert (2008) Religion in American Politics: A Short History, Princeton, Princeton
University Press (not in library, but sample chapter available at:
* M. P. Fiorina & S. J. Abrams (2008) Political Polarization in the American Public Annual
Review of Political Science, 11, pp 563-588 Available at:
* E. Bernstein and J. Jakobsen (2010) Sex, Secularism and Religious Influence in US
Third World Quarterly, 31 (6)
J. Green (2009) American faith-based politics in the era of George W. Bush European
Political Science, 8 (3)
C. W. Dunn (ed) (2010) The Future of Religion in American Politics, Kentucky, University
Press of Kentucky
T. G. Jelen (1993) The Political Consequences of Religious Group Attitudes, The Journal of
Politics, 55, pp 178-90
F. C. Harris, (1994) Something Within: Religion as a Mobilizer of African-American Political
Activism, Journal of Politics, 56 (1), pp 42-68
J. C. Green & S. Clement (2010) Much Hope, Modest Change for Democrats:
Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election, The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life,
available at:
J. D. Hunter, (1991) Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America, New York, Basic Books
A. Wolfe (2005) Religion and American Politics online lecture, available to stream at:
H. Perkins (1999) The Tyranny of the Moral Majority: American Religion and Politics since
the Pilgrim Fathers, Cultural Values, 3 (2), pp 182-195
R. Mason (2006) Values, Lifestyles and Politics in Peele et al (ed) Developments in
American Politics 5, Basingstoke, Palgrave
S. B. Hansen (2002) Religion and Morality in Peele et al (ed) Developments in American
Politics 4, Basingstoke, Palgrave
Brookings Institute/Pew Forum (2004) One Electorate Under God: A Dialogue on Religion
and American Politics (a symposium with contributions from members of Congress and
columnists, available at:
G. C. Layman (1997) Religion and Political Behavior in the United States: The Impact of
Beliefs, Affiliations, and Commitment from 1980 to 1994 Public Opinion Quarterly, 61 (2),
pp 288-316
T. Mouw & M. E. Sobel (2001) Culture Wars and Opinion Polarization: The Case of
Abortion American Journal of Sociology, 106 (4)
J. B. Imber (2001) Doubting Culture Wars Society, 38 (6)
R. Singh (2002) Subverting American Values? The Simpsons, South Park and the Cartoon
Culture War in Singh (ed) American Politics and Society Today, Oxford, Polity
M. Durham (2000) The Christian Right in American Politics, chapter 7 in Grant (ed.)
American Politics: 2000 and Beyond, Aldershot, Ashgate
M. Durham, (2001) The Christian Right, The Far Right and the Boundaries of American
Conservatism, Manchester, Manchester University Press