God gulf

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In the January 7, 2004, edition of the New York Times, Op-Ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof identifies what he calls "The God Gulf" "of distrust [which divides] churchgoing Republicans from relatively secular Democrats." Kristof says that, in regards to U.S. presidential election, 2004, "this is good news for Bush Republicans, who are in tune with heartland religious values, and bad news for Howard Dean Democrats who don't know John from Job." Kristof adds: "So expect Republicans to wage religious warfare by trotting out God as the new elephant in the race, and some Democrats to respond with hypocrisy, by affecting deep religious convictions. This campaign could end up as a tug of war over Jesus."

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