Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Michele Strano

Degree Award Date

Fall 2010


politics, religion, religious rhetoric, contemporary political discourse


American Politics | Political Science | Religion


" 'That's what we need to do is to amend the constitution so it's God's standards rather than try to change God's standards,'" claims a confident Mike Huckabee in 2007 during a competitive Republican primary (Medhurst, 2009a, p. 229). Huckabee, a devout Christian leader and politician found great success in using religious rhetoric to garner votes for his campaign. In fact, religious language is used frequently by politicians attempting to gain approval or pick up votes. This study describes how God is shaped and used in American politics. It explores the meaning of God as expressed in contemporary political discourse.