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Former Obama Faith Adviser: 'I, Frankly, Am Glad American Civil Religion is Dying'

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January 27, 2012

Shaun Casey, the religious affairs adviser to President Obama during his 2008 campaign, said this week at a panel discussion on "God and Politics" that the demise of religious society in America was a good thing, reports. "I, frankly, am glad American civil religion is dying," said Casey, an associate professor of Christian ethics at D.C.'s Wesley Theological Seminary. "But it does raise the practical question, what does bind us together in some way as a country? We need some substitute for that and I don't think we've found it yet." Casey was hired by Obama's campaign in June 2008 to "focus on outreach to evangelical voters," although he had been informally advising the campaign for a year prior.