Monday, July 2, 2012

Religion, Race and Family in American Politics

 Just a week left until our discussion of Keli Goff's The GQ Candidate! Ms Goff is a lively, articulate presence on CNN,  MSNBC, and the Huffington Post.  Much of her commentary focuses on the destructive role she sees religion playing in political discourse. Although The GQ Candidate deals primarily with race, and with how politics affects families and friends, religion is also a key issue. The central character, Luke Cooper, is African American but was adopted and raised by a Jewish couple and now considers himself an agnostic. Is it possible to be a successful African American politician without being a Christian?

In Keli's  video above, she mostly talks about the pressures political campaigns put on the families and friends of candidates. But check out this interview  on Washington Watch where she explores the religious issue more fully.

Join us next Tuesday July 10th at 7:00 pm for the discussion! We still have a couple of copies left at the 2nd floor desk, so stop by or call 847-448-8620.

Trivia question: who did Goff name the lead character and his wife in The GQ Candidate  after? Email with the correct answer for a chance at a free pair of Ravinia tickets! Hint: politics is such a soap opera, isn't it?

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