President Obama pardons a turkey as his daughters watch. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Curt Schilling, the Obama Daughters, Darwin and Jesus

Taken together these two incidents are stark reminders of both the enduring role of religion in American public life as well as the partisan divide around religiosity. Ms. Lauten worked for a Republican member of congress; and Mr. Schilling expressed surprise at “the anger, hatred and vile tweets from Atheists/Liberals, Democrats.” The question of why it took Ms. Lauten hours of prayer to figure out that a grown wonan should not publicly insult two adolescent girls notwithstanding, it is clear that both Ms. Lauten and Mr. Schilling are people of faith, and that contributes to their identification as Republicans.

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