Faith factor: Election may rest on how voters define their Christian duty as churches struggle to se

Saint Mary's College associate professor Barbara McGraw was quoted in an article in the Contra Costa Times about the role congregations and clergy are taking in politics. Commenting on one woman's choice of a candidate based on how his policies fit in with church teachings, McGraw said that type of decision-making process reflects the way many of the nation's faithful vote.

To make assumptions based on faith comes across as stereotypical, pat and inaccurate, said McGraw. There's much more at work than just voting based on what's being talked about in church, she said.

"You can't put people or the religious vote into neat little boxes this election," said McGraw.

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