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The God StrategyHow Religion Became a Political Weapon in America$
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David Domke and Kevin Coe

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326413

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326413.001.0001

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 Acts of Communion

 Acts of Communion

(p.71) Chapter Four Acts of Communion
The God Strategy

David Domke (Contributor Webpage)

Kevin Coe (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the third religious signal: embracing religious symbols, practices, and rituals by engaging in acts of communion with the faithful. Three presidential acts of communion are examined: political pilgrimages, in which presidents give speeches at religious locations or to religious audiences; presidential proclamations, in which presidents formally signal their support for prayer or other religious symbols and activities; and presidential celebrations of Christmas, in which presidents recognize an important holy day for Christians. These acts of communion are “narrowcasts” — targeted communications that typically are noticed only by a chosen few. In this sense, they differ from the “broadcast” communications discussed in Chapters 2 and 3. As in those chapters, however, this signal increased dramatically in 1981. Since that time, presidents have made far more political pilgrimages, issued far more proclamations of a religious nature, and been far more likely to reference Christ in their Christmas communications — all to the delight of religious conservatives.

Keywords:   religious symbols, communion, Christmas, narrowcasting, pilgrimages, proclamations, ritual

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