Religion and politics are never far from the headlines, but their relationship remains complex and often confusing. Religion and Politics in America offers a lively, accessible, and balanced treatment of religion in American politics. The authors explore the historical, cultural, and legal contexts that underlie religious political engagement while also highlighting the pragmatic and strategic political realities that religious organizations and people face today. Incorporating up to date scholarship and analysis of voting behavior through the 2008 elections, the fourth edition assesses the politics of conventional and not so conventional American religious movements. Features include contemporary case studies, useful focus study boxes, and timely discussions of Islam, Latinos, international affairs, and political culture.